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This is the best say of my life, beams Nicole Turner after silver joy in S6 butterfly

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Ireland's Nicole Turner celebrates winning her silver medal

Ireland's Nicole Turner celebrates winning her silver medal

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Ireland's Nicole Turner celebrates winning her silver medal

Nicole Turner has described winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympians at the best day of her life.

It feels like a dream come true. This is honestly the best day of my life. It’s (the medal) for everybody at home, it’s not for me,” she beamed.

She was still shaking when she spoke to RTE immediately after the S6 butterfly final in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

“To be honest, it hasn’t sunk it at all. Coming into Tokyo having been so close to that bronze medal in Rio, the aim was just to get on the podium. I never thought in a million years it would be silver. I thought it would be a bronze.

“I think I was shaking even before the race started to be honest. The past five years have been pretty challenging, but the extra year did do me justice.”

She explained that though she previously won a bronze medal in the event at World Championship level, because swimmers can move and down in classifications every competition is a new challenge.

“So, there are people in there who are new to the S6 category,” she said. “I had to aim high to get a medal, but to reach the podium with the competition in there is something.

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“It’s (the medal) not just for me. I’m going to name three people — my coach Dave Malone, who has given up every hour of the day to come in at all sorts of times to training; my S&C (strength and conditioning) coach Niamh Feeney, who took me one-to-one for the past two years, and my mum and dad (Jason and Bernie).

“My dad has a full-time job but my mam, she is the one who drives me to training every day. So without her I wouldn’t be standing here today,” added Turner, who promised to text her now that she has finished her competitions in Tokyo.

Turner has had a consistent record of high achievement in the pool since her early teens.
She underlined her potential at the 2016 European Championships, winning three medals (two silver and a bronze).

Then on her Paralympian debut at the age of 14 she reached five finals in Rio in 2016.

In 2018, at the European Championships in Dublin, she won silver in the 50m butterfly and a year later she won a bronze in the event at the World Championships in London.


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