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Championship shotputter auctions trainers for charity

PUBLISHED: 07:25 23 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:54 23 January 2020

Sophie McKinna at the England AAA championships, Manchester, 2019. PHOTO: Sophie McKinna.

Sophie McKinna at the England AAA championships, Manchester, 2019. PHOTO: Sophie McKinna.

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A Gorleston-born athlete is auctioning her training shoes in support of Cancer Research UK.

Sophie Mckinna, a 25-year-old shotputter and Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful, is selling a signed pair of trainers that she wore for the World Athletics Championships shotput final in Qatar last year in support of the campaign 'Walk All Over Cancer'.

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The money raised will 
go towards Ipswich Olympic official Paul Rutter who, 
after being diagnosed with terminal throat cancer 
two years ago and given 6 weeks to live, is still fighting on.

Sophie said: "I'd love to do something to help Paul, who gives up many hours to allow athletes like me to compete. I want to beat this dreadful disease as I lost my own Nan to cancer."

Greg Rutherford and Paul Rutter at the London Anniversary Games in London 2013. PHOTO: Paul Rutter.Greg Rutherford and Paul Rutter at the London Anniversary Games in London 2013. PHOTO: Paul Rutter.

Sophie will be auctioning her shoes on her Instagram account - @sophiemac10. To enter, bidders should message her with the amount they 
would like to bid or 
email mckinnaathletics@gmail.com.

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