Mel Nicholls – DREAM BIG FILM SCREENING & TALK
Sunday 8th December 2019, 19:00 – 21:00
Arran High School
This is the story of Handcycle Britain. Mel Nicholls’ return to Arran is in her words, “coming home to where I rediscovered my adventure, following a series of life-changing strokes”.
Tickets are £5.50 and can be booked on EventBrite
London and Rio Paralympian Mel Nicholls lives adventure and is racing her way worldwide.
A series of life changing strokes as an independent fit and healthy young woman, a life devoted to horses, a rider, runner, cyclist and all round adrenaline junkie, Mel was left unable to walk and use much of the left side of her body following her third stroke in 2008.
…Fast forward four years after watching the Beijing Paralympics from her hospital bed, Mel raced in front of an 80,000 home crowd and the rest of the world, in wheelchair racing at the London 2012 Paralympics. Just 15 months after taking up the sport.
Mel went on as part of the GB Athletics team to represent her country for the next 4 years, achieving track world records, European and World major medal success and becoming a Paralympic finalist at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. At the end of 2016 Mel made the move from track to turn her focus to endurance and road racing in wheelchair racing and her new sport of handcycling, where in her first season on the GB team achieved international medal success.
Dream Big Film
‘Dream Big’ follows GB Paralympian Mel Nicholls as she attempts to beat the world record for handcycling the length of mainland Britain from Land’s End to John o’ Groats; a target of just 9 days. The biggest of her strokes in 2008 left Mel unable to walk and use much of the left side of her body. Her job, home, social life and independence lost, along with she thought, her possibility to cycle. But the embers of her spirit were once again ignited, and from her hospital bed, leading to a journey through Paralympic sport and back into the great outdoors and adventure. The Isle of Arran turning the page to the next great chapter.
The evening will be presented by Mel Nicholls, and will include a short talk and tales around her ingrained motto, the screening of Dream Big, followed by a lively Q&A session.
Doors open 7pm.
Film Produced by Lewis Smith, Directed by Jack Davies, Friction Collective.