Friends, family, former teachers and coaches were among 80 well wishers who greeted the popular member of Team GB’s women’s hockey side outside her Littleborough home to welcome back the bronze winning hockey star.
Nicola, a former pupil at Hulme Grammar School in Oldham, said: “I had no idea that my mum had planned a homecoming party for me.”When I saw all my family, friends, coaches and all the people that have helped me I couldn’t believe it. One of the first things I’d planned to do when I got back was to hold a party but my mum had already done it all.”
She is now planning to continue studying for a sports science degree at Loughborough College next month and has her sights firmly set on representing Great Britain again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio in Brazil. She added: “It’s still only just begun to sink in that I won at Olympic medal. It had always been my dream to be an Olympian and to win a medal and I’ve achieved that. Playing hockey is my dream job and I’ve got no intention of stopping doing that.”