Training regime leads to London
PROSERPINE athlete David Nicholas has been named in the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team after the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) officially announced the cycling team that will head to London.
Nicholas made his mark in the international arena at the 2012 Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles where he walked away a double world champion, winning the 3km individual pursuit and beating British world record holder Darren Kenny in the C3 category. It will be the first Paralympic Games for the 20-year-old cerebral palsy athlete, who first competed in 2008 and has since made a name for himself in Australian cycling circles.
As the defending world champion in both the individual pursuit and road time trial, Nicholas believes that making the team is a reward for his vigorous training regime.
"It's good to make the team. I've trained hard and I have had good results both on the track and road at world championship level," he said.
"I'm just looking forward to gaining more experience at an international level and it's always fun being away with the Aussie team."
His proud father David Nicholas Snr, a Whitsunday resident, will be heading to London to watch him compete.
"I think he deserves to be there, he has worked really hard in training and achieved great results. He is overseas at the moment cycling in France and Spain with the Australian team and we can't wait to congratulate him properly when he comes home," he said.