middle distance SportWheelchair racing
Born17 July 1977 (age 38) (1977-07-17) Worcester, United Kingdom ClubCoventry Godiva Harriers Coached byJob King [club]
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Melissa Nicholls (born 17 July 1977) is a British wheelchair athlete specialising in middle distance events in the T34 classification. Nicholls competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics and won a silver medal in the 800m at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.
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Nicholls was born in Worcester in 1977. She studied Equine Science at Hartpury College and works as a teaching assistant at Winchcombe Abbey School.
Nicholls was involved in a serious car accident which left her with heart complications. From 2001 she had a series of strokes, while a stroke in 2008 left her unable to use her left arm and leg. In April 2009 doctors discovered a hole in her heart for which she underwent corrective surgery.
Nicholls first wheelchair race was at Stoke Gifford at an open event in 2010. In 2011, she was classified as a T34 athlete and that summer attended multiple meets across Britain as well as events in Switzerland and Netherlands competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races. By early 2012 Nicholls had posted a sub-21 second 100m sprint and qualified for the Summer Paralympics in London, as part of the Great Britain team, in both the 100m and 200m events. In the 100m she was drawn in the first heat but her time of 22.41 saw her fail to progress to the final. In the 200m heats she finished fourth and qualified for the final. Nicholls finished seventh with a time of 40.00.
In 2014 Nicholls represented Britain in the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. There she won her first major international medals, with a bronze in the T34 100m, and a silver in her favoured 800m event. In the 800m Nicholls finished just a second behind team mate Hannah Cockroft with a time of 2:16.68.