Mel Nicholls is a Paralympian, endurance wheelchair racer and paracyclist.
Mel has represented Great Britain at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. More recently she nailed the London Marathon in under two hours, crossing the line as the second British woman home. Now she has her sights set on Tokyo 2020.
Mel’s training ground ranges from the lanes and hills of her Cotswolds home, along the coastal climbs of southern England and Wales, right up to the mountain passes of the Scottish Isles. With her travelling basecamp 'Luna', Mel combines determination and passion for her sports career with her love of the great outdoors and the wilds of the UK.
When not training, Mel can be found bikepacking, sea swimming, kayaking, climbing, exploring, and finding any which way to climb a hill or achieve her adventure. She's also a supporter of I'mPossible, and last year Mel launched Beyond Barriers, a health and wellbeing campaign that aims to encourage andsupport people facing challenges –including disability, physical and mental health, confidence concerns and gender issues –to get outside and move beyond the barriers.
'As a female role-model I hope to empower girls and women to take that hike, get on their bikes, take on that challenge outdoors, to share openly how being outside and feeling good helps take care of mental health.' she says.
Mel is an OS#GetOutsideChampion