Hometown: Portarlington, Co Laois
Coach: David Malone
Disability Group: Hypocondroplasia
Events: S6 50m Butterfly, SB6 100m Breaststroke, SM6 200m Individual Medley (IM)
Nicole won a silver medal in the Youth category of the British Internationals on her senior international debut in 2015 and went on to reach six finals and swim PBs in each at that year’s World Championships in Glasgow.
In 2016 she won three medals (two silver and one bronze) at the European Championships and, despite her youth (age 14), reached five finals at the Paralympics in Rio, where her best placing was fifth in the S6 50m butterfly.
In 2018 she won silver in 50m butterfly in the European Championships in Dublin. In 2019 she won bronze in 50m butterfly at the World Championships in London. In 2021 she won medals in all four of her events at the European Championships in Madeira; silver in 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke and bronze in 50m freestyle and 200m IM individual medley.
Nicole started swimming with Portarlington Piranhas before moving to Laois Marlins in Portlaoise. She moved to train with Ireland’s top swimmers at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin in 2017. In 2019, after completing transition year, she deferred her secondary school studies to train fulltime for Tokyo. Nicole was the flagbearer for Team Ireland at the Rio Paralympics closing ceremony.
Tokyo 2021 Results:
Turner finished 8th in the final of the women’s 50m freestyle recording a personal best in the heats and in the final coming in at 35.29 to take 8th place overall.
She then went on to win a silver medal in the S5 50m butterfly final, touching home in 36.30 seconds.