Wednesday 22 November 2017

Home town honour for athletics hero Sonia O'Sullivan

Sonia O'Sullivan standing on the plinth where a statue in her honour will be unveiled in her native Cobh on Sunday
Sonia O'Sullivan standing on the plinth where a statue in her honour will be unveiled in her native Cobh on Sunday
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The golden girl of Irish athletics will have her achievements set in stone in her home town.

Sonia O'Sullivan (45) admitted she is "thrilled" at the prospect of having a special statue unveiled in Cobh, Co Cork.

The statue, which will be unveiled next Sunday, September 20, will honour Sonia both for her achievements on the athletics track and her lifelong dedication to promoting Cobh, Cork and Ireland.

The bronze statue was the brainchild of Cobh Tourism and will be unveiled to mark the 20th anniversary of Sonia's gold medal-winning performance at the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships.

Sonia will attend with her husband, Nick Bideau, and their children, Ciara and Sophie.

"This statue captures the determination and spirit of Sonia and celebrates her achievements over a long and glittering career," Cobh Tourism director Hendrick Verwey explained.

"It also conveys the immense pride the people of Cobh and Ireland have for our greatest ever athlete."

Irish Independent

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