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Saturday 18 November 2017

Sonia has a ball helping local charity

IT'S highly unlikely to feature at the 2012 London Olympics.

But former Olympic athlete Sonia O'Sullivan, along with her daughter Sophie (pictured inset), were honing their skills at a sporting event of a different kind yesterday.

The pair were seen enjoying the annual 'Ball Roll', which sees thousands of coloured numbered balls bounce down Barrack Hill in Cobh, Co Cork, every August bank holiday Monday.

Connor Cloke (pictured) from Rushbrook in Cobh was also spotted trying to keep the balls rolling down the town's steepest hill at the annual event to raise money for the charities Brainwave Ireland and the head and neck oncology department at South Infirmary Hospital.

It was the fourth year of the event organised by its founder Councillor Paddy Histon. Each of the 6,000 numbered balls were sold for €2 before they were released at 4pm, with prize money of €1,150 for those whose balls were among the first past the finishing post.

This year, the honour of pulling the lever to release the balls went to former Cork hurler Willie John Daly.

Other events included a crab fishing competition and a family treasure hunt around the Cork town.

Irish Independent

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