Brian McNicholl OAM #25
Born in Christchurch and diagnosed with polio, Brian made his Paralympic debut at the Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games in Canada. He competed in Para athletics and Para weightlifting. His first Paralympic medal was a silver in the Men’s Slalom 4.
Brian then moved to Australia and competed at a further 5 Paralympic Games, this time in gold and green but still with success.
Brian won a total of 2 bronze medal (Arnhem 1980 and Seoul 1988), 1 silver (Atlanta 1996) and 1 gold (Barcelona 1992) in Para weightlifting and Para powerlifting. He won the gold medal in Barcelona in 1992 after a world record lift of 227.5kg.
Brian also won 3 World Championships in 1995, 1991 and 1994. In the 1994 World Championships held in Melbourne, he set a new world record of 230kg.
Brian was awarded the Order of Australia medal (OAM) for his Gold Medal performance at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games and service to sport and the community.
Brian currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.