From Fatima to Tokyo Olympics

Three time Olympian Dick Hooper, Rio 2016 Olympian Mick Clohesey wishing Tokyo 2021 bound Sophie Becker the very best of luck

Well done to New Ross athlete Sophie Becker on her qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
While Wexford can rightly claim Sophie as one of their own, Kilkenny folk can take pride in the fact that Sophie’s roots are in Kilkenny. Fatima place in Kilkenny city was home to Sophie’s mother Tina Cody.
Sophie (24) flew out with her mixed-relay 4x400m team last Friday in the form of her life.
‘I’m on cloud nine! I’m just so excited for the next few weeks to be part of the 4X4 squad and to compete with the world’s best.
The possibility of being on the team really sharpened my focus this year,’ Sophie said.
She is confident of making the final.
‘Of course we want to get into the final and I think if everybody runs the best race of their lives that day I think it’s definitely possible for us to get into the final.’
Sophie’s Kilkenny grandparents were Johnny and Lilly Cody who were residents of Fatima place, while her uncle Jack Cody is a sacristan at St Mary’s Cathedral.
The Kilkenny Observer wish Sophie and her relay team the very best of luck.
Sophie and her team compete on July 30th.

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