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Dual Paralympian gold medallist David Nicholas was overwhelmed to be honoured with a Key tothe City of Proserpine and a specially commissioned portrait at a Civic Reception and Family FunDay on Saturday.
Whitsunday Regional Council hosted the reception to pay tribute to Nicholas, who won gold in the C3 3000m cycling track event at the Rio Paralympics.
Mayor Andrew Willcox was joined by the majority of councillors and a large crowd of families towatch the official presentation of the Key to the City.
The large crowd were also shown a moving and inspirational 15 minute tribute video whichcaptured the highlights of David’s gold medal win and also messages of congratulations frombusiness leaders, sports stars including three time Tour De France Green Jersey winner RobbieMcEwan and a large number of schools and community groups within Whitsunday Region.Nicholas said the reception was fantastic and he was overwhelmed with the support of theWhitsunday community.
“Being presented with the Key to Proserpine and also the portrait was unreal.
“It was a great way to be welcomed home and I enjoyed signing all the gold medal mementos forthe kids and having my photo taken with so many people.”
In his speech Mayor Willcox said Australia won 22 gold medals at the Rio Paralympics and we are honoured that one of those gold medals now resides here in the Whitsunday Region thanks to David.
“Behind every Olympic and Paralympic Games medal is an amazing adventure and journey andDavid’s story is no different,” Cr Willcox said.
“His gold medal win in the 3km track individual pursuit at Rio took less than four minutes.
“Those four minutes made David the best in the world in his C3 category, those four minutes made him a gold medallist at back-to-back Paralympics after his gold in London and those four minutes provided inspiration for our Whitsunday community.
“However, those four minutes did not make David a legend because he was already well and truly a legend in our eyes, in the eyes of the community and certainly in the eyes of his family.Nicholas will soon resume his strict training regime in the build-up to the National TrackChampionships in December 2016.
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