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Dual Paralympian gold medallist David Nicholas will be honoured for his inspired performances on the bike in Rio with a Civic and Community Reception at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre next month.
Nicholas, who won gold in the C3 3000m cycling track event, arrives home in Proserpine on Thursday at 3.25pm and Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox and councillors will join close family and friends on the tarmac to welcome home the region’s latest cycling hero.
Mayor Willcox said today that council would be hosting a Civic and Community reception from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, October 8 and council planned a special surprise presentation to honour Nicholas winning gold medals at back to back Olympics, London in 2012 and Rio.
“Council offered a street parade in Proserpine to David but he and his family favoured a less formal ceremony and we were happy to adhere to their wishes.
“David’s efforts in Rio are admired by not only his workmates at council but the entire Whitsunday community and the number of school children that have been inspired watching him in action is a credit to his work ethic and humbler personality,” he said.
His proud parents David and Jodie were still buzzing after his gold medal efforts and were looking forward to be reunited with their son on Thursday after almost five weeks overseas.
“Jodie and I can’t express in words how proud we are of David.
“He has worked so hard to reach the top level and deserves all the success he has had.
“David fought back from being in intensive care in a coma with pneumonia in March last year to earning enough points by winning the World Cup road race in South Africa to qualify for Rio.”
David snr said his son would now have a month off from his strict training regime before the hard work would again resume in the build-up to the National Track Championships in December.