Cyclist to take on the world


EIGHTEEN-year-old Whitsunday resident David Nicholas is off to represent his country in the world championships of para-cycling in Canada on Saturday.

He is the youngest member of the Australian team to be competing after he won the national road race title in April by less than six inches and claimed the silver medal in the time trial.

David, who has cerebral palsy, took up bike riding about two years ago and he hasn't looked back.

He was previously into athletics, but after dislocating his knee he looked for an alternative, and he found the bike.

“I started riding and I enjoyed it more than athletics,” he said.

His coach, father and namesake, David Nicholas, has been alongside him every step of the way and will be joining his son in Montreal early next month.

David junior, who works as an IT trainee at Whitsunday Regional Council, has also had a tremendous amount of support from his Council colleagues.

They have managed to raise more than $2300 for the ambitious young cyclist in four months.

David deserves every cent, according to IT team leader Lisa Stanley.

“He is a very, very dedicated staff member,” she said.

“He can achieve anything he wants to achieve.”

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