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Brian McNicholl OAM #25

Brian McNicholl, New Zealand Paralympian doing bench press

Brian was diagnosed with polio at 11 months of age. He began his Paralympic journey that to the encouragement of Paralympian #4 Graeme Condon. Brian went onto make his Paralympic debut at the Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games in Canada, competing in Para athletics and Para weightlifting, winning a silver medal in the Men’s Slalom 4 event.

In 1978 Brian moved to live in Australia and went on to represent Australia at a further 5 Paralympic Games, winning a total of 2 bronze medals in Arnhem 1980 and Seoul 1988; 1 silver in Atlanta 1996 and 1 gold in Barcelona 1992 in Para weightlifting and Para powerlifting. He was a 3 x World Champion, setting a world record of 230kg at the 1994 World Championships held in Melbourne.

Brian was awarded the Order of Australia medal (OAM) for his Gold Medal performance at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games and his service to sport and the community. Brian lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Brian currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Brian was officially acknowledged as Paralympian #25 at the ParaFed Canterbury Sports Awards in Christchurch in November 2021.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Toronto 1976
  • Silver


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