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 …

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Date of birth
1 December 1991
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

How acquired
Proserpine, QLD
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Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

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

Heroes/role models

Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen and Stuart O’Grady


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

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