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Whitsunday Regional Council has congratulated David Nicholas OAM on being selected for the Australian cycling team for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said he was confident that Mr Nicholas, who is employed by Council as an Information Technology (IT) Support Officer, would do the Whitsunday community proud.
“It’s an amazing achievement for David to have the opportunity to represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Games, especially considering his success back in 2012 at the London Games,” Cr Willcox said.
“Everyone at Council is so supportive of David and we’re all very proud that his hard work and effort has paid off and he’ll be heading off to Rio as a member of the Australian cycling team,” he said.
David Nicholas OAM said he was proud to have been selected as a member of the Australian cycling team.
“It’s a real honour to have been given the opportunity to represent Australia again on the world stage at a second Paralympic Games, and I’m really looking forward to joining the other 15 athletes on the team over in Rio,” Mr Nicholas said.
“I was hopeful of being selected for Rio and have been training for it, but it was still a surprise to receive the phone call to be told that I’d been given another chance to ride for Australia,” he said.
“My events on the track include the 3 kilometre Individual Pursuit and Team Sprint, and on the road I will be competing in both the 30 kilometre Time Trial and the 70 kilometre Road Race.”
Mr Nicholas was awarded the Whitsunday Region’s Keys to the City in 2012 and received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The 2016 Australian Paralympic Cycling Team was announced by the Australian Paralympic Committee at the Adelaide Super-Drome on Monday, 30 May 2016, just 100 days out from the Rio 2016 Games.