The Paralympic success of Portarlington’s Nicole Turner was an incredible moment in 2021.
And she was formally honoured by Laois County Council on Thursday night.
Joined by family members and friends, Turner was the focal point of a reception in the council chamber hosted by Cathaoirleach Conor Bergin where his achievements were acknowledged by the local authority.
She won silver in the S6 50m butterfly at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Turner qualified for the final with the second fastest time and backed up that form to land her spot on the podium, finishing in second place behind world record holder Yuyan Jiang of China.
Turner won a silver medal at last year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo and was treated to a hero’s reception when she returned home.
And with Covid restrictions now eased, council events are now possible again for those that achieve greatly as the Portarlington woman did last year.
You can check out a selection of images from the council event, taken by photographer Michael Scully.