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Kona Age Group Champ Renee Nichols Dies After Bike Accident

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Australian Renee Nicholls, a woman who burst onto the Ironman scene at the 2009 Ironman World Championship, passed away yesterday morning in Australia after sustaining injuries from a bike accident on Friday. The 27-year-old dominated the women’s 25-29 age group race in Kona in 2009 with a time of 10:01:48 and was set to receive her pro license for the 2010 racing season.

See the story from her hometown newspaper below:

Renee Nicholls was a world champion triathlete and a valued member of the Australian Defence Force but to her family she was just ‘our little Billy’.

The 27-year-old Southport woman died at Gold Coast Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning after a cycling accident in northern NSW on Friday.

Her devastated parents, Diana and Glenn, spoke to The Bulletin yesterday about their daughter’s life and her outstanding sporting achievements.

“It’s going to be a huge loss in our family and to the Australian Defence Force,” said Mr Nicholls.

“We’ll really miss our little Billy.”

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