Ath­letes So­phie and Mia to rep­re­sent Ire­land

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

TWO New Ross area ath­letes, who trained to­gether as chil­dren, are com­pet­ing in the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships this week.

Sprinter So­phie Becker, from Land­scape, Bal­lykelly, and cy­clist Mia Grif­fin, from Glen­more, are com­pet­ing in Berlin and Glas­gow re­spec­tively in the new look com­pe­ti­tion.

So­phie won her first sil­ver medal in the Na­tional Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in July in the 400m sprint with a time of 54.74.

She flies out to Berlin on Wed­nes­day and is com­pet­ing this Fri­day in the tele­vised 400m re­lay race in her first se­nior race rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land.

Mia has been train­ing in Spain over the past year and is trav­el­ling to Glas­gow to com­pete with the Ir­ish cy­cling team. Mia will cy­cle with Hil­lary Hughes, Kelly Mur­phy, Alice Sharpe, and Orla Walsh in the Team Pur­suit race.

Both women trained to­gether with St Joseph’s AC when they were start­ing out on their fledg­ling ca­reers and are now rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land on the in­ter­na­tional sport­ing stage.

Mia Grif­fin (left) and So­phie Becker who are both com­pet­ing in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

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