The Star (Nairobi)

3 September 2013

Kenya: Rudisha to Visit Ireland to Honour Athlete Trainer

Kenya star athlete David Rudisha will be jetting off to Ireland to attend an event honouring Colm O'Connell, an irish trainer.

The event, Galway Kenya is organised by Kenya Association In Galway Ireland to pay tribute to Colm who has mentored and produced top class endurance runners in Kenya. He has nurtured five Olympic gold medallists and 28 world champions for the last 35 years.

Colm taught geography at Iten's Catholic Boarding, despite having no coaching background, he began helping aspiring young athletes. Today, he has 120 training camps and is known as "the godfather of Kenyan running".

Rudisha will be accompanied from Kenya by his wife, Lizzy and Colm for the event set for September 14.

Kagi was formed back 2008 by Kenyans living in Galway and county. Their aims were to come together and address their day to day needs, support and promote the growing Kenyan community in Galway and also work towards their full integration into local society. The association also works to ensure that the local Kenyan community is not isolated or marginalised and that they can participate fully in their own community and in the wider community in Galway.

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