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NICHOLSON Richard
Sport Para athletics, Para-Cycling, Para powerlifting
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Administration - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
Australian wheelchair racer Louise Sauvage encouraged him to take up the sport, and he felt he had the right physical shape to compete.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Australian cricketer Steve Waugh. (paralympic.org.au, 19 Sep 2011)
Injuries
He was involved in a crash while training in Switzerland prior to the 2012 Paralympic Games London. The accident resulted in him requiring plastic surgery and several stitches in his face, which limited his preparation for the Games. (theinclusionclub.com, 01 Mar 2013)
Other sports
He has competed internationally in powerlifting, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (paralympic.org.au, 06 Jan 2010)
Impairment
At age four he lost the use of his legs through illness. (idpwd.com.au, 04 Aug 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 he was named as an athlete in residence for the University of Canberra in Australia. He also serves as an ambassador for the International Day of Disability, and is a member of the Athletics ACT Board and the ACT Inclusion Council. (canberratimes.com.au, 10 Feb 2016; athleticsact.org.au, 05 Oct 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
15 2004 100m T54 15.33 
14 2004 400m T54 49.28 
2 2004 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 52.10 
5 2004 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:19.10 
10 2004 Pentathlon P54-58 4662 
4 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54  
20 2008 400m T54 50.36
14 2008 200m T54 26.37
9 2008 100m T54 14.87
Round 1 2012 100m T54 15.23
Round 1 2012 400m T54 50.49
3 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:13.42
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1st Round 2006 100m T54 15.75
Semifinal 2006 200m T54 27.850
1st Round 2006 400m T54 58.470
5 2006 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 55.75
  2006 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
  2006 Marathon T54  DNF
26 2011 100m T54 16.04
17 2011 200m T54 27.19
18 2011 400m T54 51.57
  2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
  2011 Marathon T54  DNF
Semifinal 2013 400m T54 49.50
Semifinal 2013 200m T54 26.48
4 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  
25 2015 1500m T54 3:31.96
Heats 2015 400m T54 51.06
Semifinal 2015 800m T54 1:42.81
Paralympic Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
8 1996 56kg 145.0
2 2000 60kg 175.0
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
5 1998 56kg 162.5
4 2002 60kg 172.5
Commonwealth Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 Discus Throw F55-56 28.29
7 2014 1500m T54 3:32.11
Commonwealth Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 Bench Press 148.50