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NICHOLLS Melissa
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age41
Place of BirthWorcester, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cheltenham, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Equine Science - Hartpury College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in May 2011.
Why this sport?
She became involved in athletics after attending an open day in Leeds, England.
Club / Team
Coventry Godiva Harriers: England
Name of coach
Job King [club], GBR; Paula Dunn [national], GBR
Training Regime
She trains five days per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Mel (melnicholls.co.uk, 20 Aug 2012)
Injuries
She suffered a shoulder injury in 2013. (athleticsweekly.com, 26 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big." (Facebook page, 30 Jul 2014)
Other sports
She has also competed in para-dressage, wheelchair tennis and basketball competitions. (thisisbristol.co.uk, 23 Mar 2010)
Impairment
She was involved in traffic accident which left her with serious heart complications. From 2001 she had a series of strokes, the most recent of which in 2008 left her unable to use her left arm and leg. In April 2009 doctors discovered a hole in her heart and she had corrective surgery. (thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, 23 Aug 2012; paralympics.org.uk, 2012; thisisbristol.co.uk, 23 Mar 2010)
Other information
DOLLY MIXTURES
A local newspaper called upon its readers to help her raise funds for a new custom-built racing chair, which was named 'Dolly'. Her family and supporters refer to themselves as the 'Dolly Mixtures' and wear orange and pink when attending her races. (gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 13 Feb 2016; melnicholls.co.uk, 19 Apr 2014; thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, 23 Aug 2012)

FOUNDING MEMBER
She is a founding member of the Warwick Wheelchair Racing Academy in England, which was set up in July 2011. (warwick.ac.uk, 31 Jul 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 100m T34 22.41
7 2012 200m T34 40.00
  2016 400m T34  DNS
5 2016 800m T34 2:13.59
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 100m T34 21.59
5 2013 200m T34 38.38
2 2015 800m T34 2:09.29
5 2015 400m T34 1:08.29
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m T34 20.82
2 2014 800m T34 2:16.68