Nicole Turner was the worthy recipient of ‘Sports Star of the Month’ as she picked up her award in Property Partners Buggy last week.
The award honours outstanding individuals in local sport on a monthly basis presented by Tommy Buggy in partnership with LaoisToday.
Last month, Nicole claimed a bronze in the 50-metre butterfly S6 at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.
Turner also finished seventh in the Women’s 100-metre Breaststroke SB6 final.
The 17-year-old explained that receiving local awards such as this one shows her just how much her community, town and county are behind her.
She said: “I live in such a small town compared to other athletes. I live in such a small community but I get so much recognition for what I do.”
In May 2017, she received a civic reception in Laois County Council for her glowing contribution to paralympic and Laois swimming. 2017 also saw her receive the title of ‘Para Swimmer of the Year.’
Turner won a gold medal in the 50-metre Butterfly Youth final in the World Para Swimming Series in Berlin in June.
Last year, the Portarlington teenager earned herself a silver medal in the women’s 50 metre butterfly in the European Para Swimming Championships in Dublin.
Nicole has her sights set on Tokyo where the preparation is under way and we can’t wait to cheer her on.
The medal collection just keeps growing and we are excited to see what she does in the future.