A number of Wexford people are currently over in Tokyo at the Olympics…
New Ross athlete Sophie Becker has been rewarded with a place on the Irish Olympics relay squad. This makes her the first Wexford native to make an Irish Olympic Athletics Team since Jimmy McDonald competed in the 20km Walk in the 1996 at the Atlanta (USA) Olympic Games.
Another special mention to Wexford native Shane McCormack who is involved in the coaching side of things with the Irish Athletics team.
Tombrack native Foster Horan is a central member to the Irish Rugby 7’s team. Ahead of the Olympics, we interviewed Horan where he spoke about the meteoric rise of Irish Rugby 7s, the team spirit that exists in the camp, and how he is backing his Irish 7’s team for a podium finish at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Once again, Bertram Allen has been nominated to represent Ireland at this year’s Olympics. The 25-year-old is an equestrian and an Irish show jumping rider who is originally from Wexford.
Deirdre Duke is a member of the Irish women’s field hockey team. The 29-year-old athlete is originally from Ballycanew in Wexford.
Another special mention to the Irish women’s hockey manager, Lisa Jacob, who also hails from Wexford.
Michelle O’Neill has been nominated to officiate at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Wexford official is set to become the first Irish referee to officiate at the Olympic Games.
Born in England, Leon Reid is a sprinter on the Irish Olympic team. He has raced in Ireland for Menapians AC in Wexford as his foster mother was born in Wexford.
Billy Walsh, who is a proud Wexford native, is the Team USA boxing head coach.
Like Walsh, Eddie Bolger is a proud Wexford native who heads up another Olympic Boxing team. Bolger is the head boxing coach for Team Germany.
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