David QLD Paralympian of the Year
TRAINING and commitment to his sport continue to pay off for young David Nicholas who has had a big week in his sporting career.
Not only did he win gold at the Oceania Para-cycling Track Championships in New Zealand on Tuesday but he was also named Cycling Queensland's Paralympian of the Year.
Nicholas was also the winner of the single bike athlete with a locomotive disability award that included those with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, something Nicholas was born with.
Nicholas blitzed the field in his 1km time trial on Monday that he won ahead of a Japanese competitor by two seconds.
Nicholas completed the sprint in one minute and 13.113 seconds and averaged a speed of 49.239km per hour.
In the 3km pursuit on Tuesday morning Nicholas qualified for the finals in the afternoon and did so well he was able to catch up to his fellow competitor, closing the gap by about 12 seconds.
Nicholas rode the qualifying race in three minutes and 41.931 seconds and had an average speed of about 48.66 km per hour.
David's proud father David Nicholas Snr said his son's achievements were remarkable considering it was his first time competing on a velodrome that was indoors and made from timber. "It was a bit of a daunting experience for him because of the steepness of the corners," he said.
"He had double disk wheels that took a little to get used but he adapted well."
Nicholas Snr said "David's 3km results were less than one second off the world record time". Nicholas has now qualified for the Nationals that will be held in December in Melbourne. "I told him as a coach not to put too much pressure on himself and now he has none because he has qualified," Nicholas senior said. David will need to push hard at the nationals to be able to secure himself a spot at the world titles that will be held in Los Angeles in February next year.