By Alan Walsh
Talented swimmer Nicole Turner has qualified for her second final appearance of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
14-year-old Nicole, the youngest member of Team Ireland, finished 2nd in her S6 50m Freestyle heat this afternoon.
Her time of 36.70 ensured she qualified 7th overall to book her place in the final which will be screened live at 9.50pm tonight (Saturday, September 10) on RTÉ 2.
Last night, Nicole finished fifth in the S6 50m Butterfly Final in new personal best time of 37.31 seconds.
Swimming from Lane 6, Nicole looked very strong throughout but missed out on the medal by just 0.5 of a second.
The teen sensation was delighted with her performance. “It’s amazing, when I saw the clock it was unbelievable that I took nearly a second off my best time. After watching London four years ago I never thought I’d be at the next Paralympic Games, it’s incredible,” she sai.
Nicole’s dad Jason is the warehouse manager at C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown and no doubt employees of C & D across Longford and beyond will be glued to their TV screens as Portarlington native Nicole swims in a final for the second time in her debut Paralympics.
A truly phenomenal achievement! Go Nicole...go Team Ireland!