Nicole grew up in Malahide with her mum and dad and her younger brother Simon. GAA was part of her life from some early stages, aged 5 she joined the local club, St Sylvester. She played and enjoyed many other sports including tennis, basketball, soccer, sailing, cricket, athletics. Nicole also excelled at soccer, playing for the Irish U17 team and was offered two trials for the Irish U19 team but ultimately turned them down to focus solely on GAA.
During her time in the Dublin jersey she has had many successes including being on the team that won the Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championships after three years in a row of losing All-Ireland finals by an accumulated total of four points. This was followed by her first All Star award. Dublin had a great start to 2018, winning the League final. The team secured a place in the final after a late goal by Nicole in the semi-final against Galway.
Nicole’s long-term sporting career objective is to create a legacy in a Dublin shirt and leave Ladies Gaelic in a better place.
She believes in the benefits of sport and feels that young people shouldn’t view it in terms of what it takes away e.g. not being able to go out with your friends at the weekend but in terms of everything it gives you; structure, resilience, relationships.
On a personal level sport was a saviour for her having struggled with depression since her late teens. Owens believes the root of her issues was linked to her own concerns regarding her sexuality. Football has always an escape, the place show would go and release all of those feelings.