NOT content with just taking on the best swimmers in the world, Portarlington teenager Nicole Turner also set herself a challenge of passing the junior certificate exam.
At 16 years of age, Nicole is one of the youngest members of the senior Irish Paralympic team and travels to Dublin every day after school and twice on Saturday, eating her dinner in the car and not getting home before 9pm each evening.
The multi-Olympic, European and world medal winner is now looking forward to travelling to Japan next month to train for next year’s world championships in Malaysia which, in turn, will be good preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The globe-trotting teen is currently in transition year at Coláiste Íosagáin in Portarlington, where fellow classmates celebrated all of her achievements last Friday and got to see her worlds silver medal.
Her mum Bernie described to the students Nicole’s dedication, hard work and gruelling training regime over the past year, while at the same time studying for her junior certificate.
Nicole is now seen as a fantastic role model, not just for her fellow students but for many other young people her age and was described last week in Coláiste ĺosagáin as “living proof that hard work pays off and that we can all achieve our dreams”.