Nicholas wins yet another award
WHITSUNDAY paracyclist David Nicholas has notched up another achievement as he prepares for yet another national championship for 2011.
The 20-year-old from Proserpine was named the Mackay Sporting Wheelies athlete of the year in an awards ceremony in Mackay two weeks ago.
It was in acknowledgement of Nicholas' gold medal performance in the 15km road race at the world disabled cycling championships in Denmark earlier this year.
This was backed up by his successful campaign at the recent Oceania track championships held in New Zealand where he took gold in the 1000m time trial and 3000m pursuit.
Nicholas had only been training for the 3000m event for two months and came within one second of breaking the world record.
Nicholas' father David Nicholas Snr said his son was proud of his efforts.
"He was quite happy," he said.
"He's been a member of the sporting wheelies since he was doing athletics when he was about 14.
"He does work hard. He sacrifices a lot to put in a performance like this."
Sporting Wheelies regional manager Peter Sumpter said Nicholas had excelled in his sport this year.
"With those times, David would have won gold at this year's world championships," he said.
"He's only 20, so he's a great prospect to represent Australia at the Paralympics."
Nicholas is part of the Australian shadow squad vying for a spot on the plane to the London Paralympics next year. The squad will be trimmed to the final team following the Los Angeles world championships in February in which Nicholas will be competing at.
But for the mean time, the talented riders' eyes are firmly set on the Australian Omnium, Paracycling and Madison Championships that will start in Melbourne next Thursday.
Nicholas will compete for two days in both the 1000m time trial and 3000m pursuit events.
He will leave the Whitsundays on Monday and his father believes he will continue his strong competitive season in Melbourne.
"It's obviously a top event in Australia," he said.
"He's confident of doing well.
"He'll really try and ride a very good time.
"He wants to smash that world record."