The Australian powerlifting team at the Atlanta Paralympic Games consisted of four athletes and new coach Blagoi Blagoiev, who came to coaching after a career as a leading international weightlifter. Veteran Brian McNicholl won a silver medal. McNicholl first competed for New Zealand at the 1976 Games before moving to Australia and donning the green and gold for a further 5 Games. Two years out from Atlanta, he set a world record, bench pressing 230kg. He was still ranked second in the world when he retired due to injury in 1999. Left to right: Blagoi Blagoiev (coach), Willem Bos, Mick Farrell, Brian McNicholl, Richard Nicholson.
Date: August 1996
Author: Image taken by John Sherwell for Sport The Library. All rights held by Paralympics Australia.