Melissa Nicholls

A two-time Paralympian and endurance world record holder, Mel Nicholls loves adventure and it’s this and her passion for sport which has taken her all around the world, including two Paralympic Games, World and European medals and setting world endurance records.

In her short paratriathlon career Mel has been a regular on the podium and boasts a European Championship silver medal to her name. Prior to being a paratriathlete she competed in wheelchair racing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and won World and European medals as well as breaking the 1500m world record three times in two years. She also set a world record handcycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in seven days before raising over £1,500 for Ovarian Cancer Action by handcycling 4,800 miles around the coast of the UK.

Following her successful wheelchair racing career, Mel took up paratriathlon in 2019 after joining her local club, where she now volunteers. Three years later she competed in the British Triathlon Para Super Series, her first ever paratriathlon event. Three months down the line and she was on the start line at 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea where she came fourth. She followed that up with back to back wins at World Triathlon Para Cup Alhandra and Bari. Her World Championship debut ended the 2022 season as she came fifth in Abu Dhabi.

Mel started the 2023 season with a European Championship silver medal before securing silver again at World Triathlon Para Cup A Coruna. She returned to Swansea, a year on from her impressive debut, and won a bronze medal. A tenth-place finish at the World Championships in Pontevedra was followed by three medals in a row as she ended the season on the top step of the podium at World Triathlon Para Cup Taranto. 

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