Hometown: Portarlington, Laois
Classification: S6, Short Stature
One of the youngest squad members now still just 14 years old Nicole Turner has progressed onto the senior Paralympic swimming scene having started in her local club; Laois Marlins.
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 is of short stature; the rarer form known as Hypochondroplasia.