Paratriathlete Lecturer at Seevic College aims for Rio 2016
Thursday, 12 December 2013
A Seevic College Lecturer and Paratriathlete hopes to beat all the odds and become a star for Team GB at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
Nicole Evans, 26, finished as second female in her classification at the British Paratriathlon Championships held in Liverpool on Saturday 13 July.
Just two years ago Nicole, a manual wheelchair user with Cerebral Palsy and Proximal Myopathy, was told by a specialist consultant to ‘wait for the inevitable’.
In response Nicole hired a Personal Trainer, began an intensive training regime and signed up to five triathlons. Since then Nicole has walked the London Marathon, completed three triathlons and is no longer using medication.
And after her impressive performance at the British Championships, Nicole now has Rio in her sights.
“When the consultant delivered his verdict I could have felt sorry for myself but instead it inspired me to take on a new challenge,” says Nicole, who as a teenager competed nationally in swimming and regionally in athletics.
“I was pretty chuffed with my performance at Liverpool as I was up against very tough competition, including members of the Team GB squad,” she adds.
“My motto is: ‘when dreams meet reality, impossible is nothing’."
“I was pretty chuffed with my performance at Liverpool as I was up against very tough competition, including members of the Team GB squad,”
Nicole joined Seevic College as a Higher Education Lecturer in March 2013. She lecturers on the College’s HND Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, specialising in Sports Psychology, Sports Nutrition and Sports Coaching. She also lectures A-Level Psychology.
Her intensive weekly training schedule includes up to four upper body gym sessions, two swimming sessions and three cycle sessions.
A paratriathlon involves a 700m swim, 20km hand-cycle and 5k wheelchair race. The event is relatively new in Britain and will be included in the Paralympics for the first time in Rio.
Nicole says: “My motto is: ‘when dreams meet reality, impossible is nothing’. My advice to young people with a disability is to keep in mind what you want to achieve.
“Lots of people will tell you what you can’t do but if you want to do it then keep on fighting and never give up - if I had listened to the doctors two years ago, I don’t think I would be here now. The idea of Rio puts a massive smile on my face. I’m no longer doing this for rehab, I’m doing it to achieve my goals and ambitions.”
Before joining Seevic College Nicole worked for England Athletics as a Run Athletics Activator, encouraging young people living in areas of high deprivation to take up the sport. She is also currently studying towards an MA in Sport Development as a distance learner at Southampton Solent University.
No government funding is currently allocated to paratriathlon and Nicole has used borrowed equipment in each of her paratriathlons to date – making her progress and performance all the more remarkable.
Nicole and her family are actively involved in fundraising to gather the £5,000 required to purchase Nicole her own hand-cycle and racing wheelchair. Anyone interested in finding out more about supporting Nicole and her bid for Rio 2016 can get in touch with her via her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NicoleEvansT18Paratriathlete