Quick Facts

Disability
Intellectual Impairment
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
January 29, 1993
Home
Wantirna, VIC
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2011
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Setting the Australian record in long jump at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand

Bio

For Nicholas Hum, sport runs through his veins. His father represented Victoria on the track and his grandmother worked in the Athletes’ Village at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

Nicholas was approached by his now coach, Max Binnington, during a school sports event, and was encouraged to attend a couple of athletics training sessions to test out his fast twitch muscles. Nicholas’ passion for sport led him to take up the offer and in November of 2010 he competed in the Australian AWD Junior Championships in Canberra, breaking national records in the 100m and long jump.

Competing at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, was very special for Nicholas. Not only did he celebrate his 18th birthday, but also donned the green and gold for the first time. As the second youngest competitor in his classification, Nicholas set a new Australian and Oceanic record in long jump, which he later extended in his Paralympic debut. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Nicholas placed fifth in long jump, landing a distance of 6.89m.

The Wantirna local enjoys spending his time improving his woodwork skills, which he developed over four years studying a Certificate II in Cabinet Making. He loves to keep fit in the gym and play basketball, and is also looking to take up outdoor recreation sports like rock-climbing, hiking and white-water rafting.

Nicholas is currently ranked third in the world, and as an accomplished athlete with raw talent still in the early stages of his career, he is well-placed to achieve his dream of winning a Paralympic Games gold medal.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Long Jump Classification: T20