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‘I want to beat this dreadful disease’: Championship shotputter auctions trainers for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 January 2020 | UPDATED: 14:57 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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An athlete who is the pride of Great Yarmouth 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 shot-put final in Qatar last year in support of the campaign 'Walk All Over Cancer'.

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The fundraising effort has been inspired by Ipswich Olympic official Paul Rutter who, after being diagnosed with terminal throat cancer two years ago and given six weeks to live, is still fighting on.

Sophie said: "I'd love to do something to help people like Paul, who give up their time 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.

She will be auctioning her shoes on her Instagram account: 
@sophiemac10.

Bidders should message her with the amount they would like to bid.

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