Rising track and road cycling star David Nicholas made the best possible start to his international career when he won gold in the 3000m individual pursuit and silver in the 1000m time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen. Born with cerebral palsy affecting his speech and motor skills, David began his sporting career as a T38-classified athlete in middle- and long-distance running. Although his dad competed in cycling at club level, David had never thought to pursue it until it was suggested as a form of rehabilitation for a dislocated knee. It did not take long for him to fall in love with the sport and with his dad as coach, he soon made a name for himself on the Australian cycling circuit. David made his Paralympic debut in London in 2012, where he competed in five events and medalled in two, winning gold in the… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Para-cycling
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
December 1, 1991
Home
Proserpine, QLD
Occupation
IT support officer
Started Competing
2008
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen and Stuart O’Grady

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the road time trial C3 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Time trial Classification: C3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: C3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Team sprint (mixed) Classification: C3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C3
  • Disciplines: Road time trial