Do it with passion or not at all

It is these eight words that best sum up the way Nicole lived her life, and is the reason that she touched an unbelievable amount of people in her very short time here on earth.  Everyone fell in love with her passion, the way her eyes lit up every time she talked about the people and things she loved.

Everyone fell in love with her passion, the way her eyes lit up every time she talked about the people and things she loved. Whether it was the unconditional love she had for her family and her partner Jamie, her loyalty to her friends, or her unbreakable bond with her puppy cooper, Nicole infused everything in her life with this uplifting passion that made the world a better place for us all.

At only 24 years young, Nicole had wisdom beyond her years and taught us that our journey as human beings is not about following a pre-ordained path, but about creating that path. From Nicole we have learnt life is not about just finding our place in the world, but creating it and making it my own. She showed us how important it is to own your own adventure, lay your own foundations, mark out your own path, walk your own way, live your own day, and shape your own tomorrow.

As previously mentioned, Nicole had a dream to be a sports journalist, sharing her passion for football with the rest of the world. But above all that, Nicole had a goal to make sure her life meant something. So despite the tragedy that Nicole will never grace our TV screens with her beautiful smile, Nicole has fulfilled her dream of making a footprint in the hearts of all who knew her. My family and I have established The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation in honour of this, to ensure her legacy continues to make a difference in the lives of others.

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