Gareth Nichols

Pilot Heath Spence, Gareth Nichols, Duncan Harvey and Lucas Mata of Australia team 1 make a run during the Men's Four-Man Bobsleigh at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Athlete Biography

Originally from Singleton in NSW, Gareth Nichols took up Bobsleigh in 2011 after he was talent scouted for his achievements in beach sprinting. A member of the Surf Life Saving Community at Mullaloo Beach, he came ninth at the 2011 Surf Lifesaving World Championship beach sprints in Egypt.

He became a regular competitor in the men's 4-Man crew during the 2013/14 season with his best result being a podium finish at the Lake Placid North America'c Cup. The 4-Man team finished second and fourth in the races held during this event. The crew also picked up a bronze medal at the North America's Cup in Lake Placid in December, 2013.

Making his Olympic debut in Sochi as a brakeman for Heath Spence, Nichols finished 22nd in the men's 4-Man Bobsleigh alongside Spence, Duncan Harvey and Lucas Mata.