Laois swimmer Nicole Turner has claimed a bronze medal at the World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira this evening.
The Portarlington girl came third in the 200m individual medley to claim the first medal for an Irish swimmer at the championships.
Turner, who has already secured her qualification for the Tokyo Paralympic Games later this year, finished behind Yelyzaveta Mereshko of Ukraine and Germany’s Verene Schott but comfortably ahead of Sarah Louise Rung from Norway.
The Paralympics were due to go ahead last year but were postponed because of the Coronavirus.
Turner had taken a year out of her secondary school education in Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington last year to concentrate on her training – and then decided to take another yer.
“But then it got postponed. So for me, I personally put sport above my education so I decided not to go back this year,” she said earlier this year on the LaoisToday Midweek Podcast.
“We have a date for the Games now and even though we are in lockdown, Olympic athletes are allowed to train so I’ve been doing that six days a week in the National Aquatic Centre,” she added at the time.
“So I’m more hopeful now of the Games going ahead than I was.
“I’ve got my head down now and I’m just training away to be as ready as I can be.