A New Irish Sports Star Is Achieving Something Incredible In Glasgow Right Now

A New Irish Sports Star Is Achieving Something Incredible In Glasgow Right Now

A 13-year-old swimmer from Portarlington in Co Laois is preparing for her fifth final in five days at the IPC World Swimming Championships when she takes to the pool in the 200m individual medley at 6.35pm.

Nicole Turner is at her first ever competitive championships so one would have expected this to be a learning experience to prepare her for years to come but she has pulled off upset after upset.

Team Ireland have been performing brilliantly as a whole - with Darragh McDonald winning a bronze medal on Monday - and team manager Hayley Burke thinks Nicole has helped boost everyone's performances:

Nicole has just blown us away with her performances this this week. She’s really lifted the whole team and is completely unfazed by this world stage that she’s now on!

Just take a second to appreciate the full scale of her achievements. Here's how the week has gone so far:


Sets personal best in 400m freestyle heat.


Finished fifth in the final.



Sets personal best in 100m breaststroke heat.

Finishes fifth in the final while breaking her personal best again.




Sets personal best in 50m butterfly heat.

Finishes sixth in the final.



Sets personal best in 50m freestyle heat.


Finishes sixth in world record paced final.




Qualified for 200m individual medley final (6.35pm tonight), beating her personal best by 16 seconds.



Nicole takes to the pool at 6.35pm tonight for her final. You can watch it live here. Meanwhile Ellen Keane is also through to the 100m butterfly final at 6.45pm.

Mark Farrelly
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