DAVID NI­CHOLAS RE­TURNS FROM RIO

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Pe­ter Car­ruthers

BACK-to-back gold medal Par­a­lympian David Ni­cholas alighted from a Vir­gin flight last Thurs­day at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port to a red car­pet and cheers from the wait­ing crowd.

On the tar­mac, Ni­cholas was greeted by his fa­ther and step-mother, and a full com­ple­ment of staff from the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, in­clud­ing Mayor An­drew Will­cox.

On ar­rival at the ter­mi­nal, Ni­cholas was greet­ing by more than 50 well-wish­ers, who cheered and took pho­tos.

Ni­cholas had only one word to de­scribe his re­cep­tion: “in­cred­i­ble”.

“I have no words to de­scribe the feel­ing. It’s spe­cial,” he said.

Cr Will­cox said he was proud to wel­come the gold medal-win­ning cy­clist home to Proser­pine.

“It’s just awe­some. He has won back-to-back gold medals now. It doesn’t get much bet­ter,” he said.

“And he is such a hum­ble bloke. He didn’t want a big street pa­rade, he has got on with the job and done it. “We couldn’t be prouder.” The sen­ti­ment was echoed by Ni­cholas’ fa­ther, David Ni­cholas se­nior.

“We are su­per happy. We can’t re­ally say how proud of him we are,” he said.

“He has worked very hard over the last sev­eral years and it’s good that he has got a re­sult.

“He has had a few set­backs so to come away with the gold is awe­some.

“It’s a great re­cep­tion and some­thing you wouldn’t re­ally ex­pect. We didn’t re­alise so many peo­ple would be here and in­ter­ested.

“They said they would have a red car­pet but I thought that was just a fig­ure of speech. They ac­tu­ally had a red car­pet,” he said.

There will be a civic re­cep­tion for the gold medal win­ning cy­clist from 2pm to 4pm on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8 in Proser­pine.

PHOTO: PE­TER CAR­RUTHERS

WEL­COME BACK: Gold medal win­ning Par­a­lympian David Ni­cholas with Mayor An­drew Will­cox at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port last Thurs­day.

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