Do what you love, love what you do
- Home town:
- Occupation / Area of Study / Work:
Apprentice - Cabinet Maker
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
- Date of birth:
29 January 1993
- Event(s) / Discipline:
- Home Club:
Glenhuntly Athletics Club
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
Rio 2016 Paralympics - 5th | 6.89m
- World Championships History:
Christchurch 2011 World Para Championships - 5th | 6.55m AR
Lyon 2013 World Para Championships - 8th | 6.19m
Doha 2015 World Para Championships - 10th | 6.31m
London 2017 World Para Championships - 5th | 6.78m
- Sporting Highlights:
Following in the footsteps of his athlete father, Nicholas began competing in Para-athletics in 2008. He had been encouraged to attend a couple of training sessions by Olympian Max Binnington to test out his fast-twitch muscles, and with that kind of backing, it was a no-brainer for the young Victorian.
Three years later, Nicholas was given the honour of wearing the Australian green and gold for the first time at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. This was doubly special for Nicholas, who celebrated his 18th birthday on the second last day of competition.
Another two World Championships campaigns followed in 2013 and 2015, so by the time the Paralympic Games rolled around in September 2016, Nicholas was primed and ready to make his Paralympic debut. He did not disappoint, placing fifth in the men’s long jump T20 – just 10cm from the podium.
Nicholas dreams of one day winning a Paralympic gold medal, and as an accomplished athlete with bundles of talent, there is every possibility he will fulfil this dream at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Off the track, Nicholas enjoys jet skiing and camping. He is an apprentice cabinetmaker and holds a Certificate IV in Building and Construction.
Credit: Paralympics Australia