Portarlington, Co. Laois
S6, Short Stature

One of the youngest squad members Nicole Turner has progressed onto the senior Paralympic swimming scene having started in her local club; Laois Marlins. She is now swimming for the NAC Swim Club alongside Team Ireland colleagues Patrick Flanagan and Ellen Keane.

Nicole will bring her best form with her Tokyo having won no fewer than 4 medals at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Portugal last month.

Turner first saw international success early on in 2015 when she won a silver medal in the Youth Category at the British International in the 50m Butterfly – her first meet representing Ireland at a senior level.

Nicole went on to compete in her first major senior international championships at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, where she competed in six events in her S6 class, making the final of each and also setting a new lifetime best in every single one.

She represented Ireland again at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships where she swam in six finals, bringing home silver in both the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Breaststroke as well as a bronze in the 50m Butterfly. She also set nine new PB times.

At her first Paralympic Games in 2016 Nicole impressively competed in five events qualifying for the final in every one. She succeeded in setting personal best times in six out of her ten races in Rio with her best placing; fifth in the 50m Butterfly. Nicole was the youngest member of Team Ireland in Rio and was chosen as flag bearer to lead the team into the closing ceremony.

Nicole won silver at the 2018 World European Championships, hosted in Dublin. She finished second in the 50m butterfly with a time of 36.75. The success of Nicole continued the following year at the London edition, where she won bronze in the 50m Butterfly S6, a race that showed fight and determination from the Portarlington native.

The following year at the 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships in London, Nicole showed incredible fight to finish on the podium in the 50m Butterfly S6 with a third place finish. The teenage sensation powered from fifth to third place in the final ten metres to win a bronze medal, this also boosted her ranking which weighted towards securing Ireland a slot at the 2020 Paralympics Games.

Following her brilliant performances in 2019, Nicole was nominated for both the RTÉ Sport Awards 2019 Sportsperson of the Year and was also named in the Young Sportspersons category.

Nicole is of short stature; the rarer form known as Hypochondroplasia.

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