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Hockey playing lawyer Timothy Cockram is on the ball for Rio Olympics

By Staff Reporter

A Belfast solicitor will have a stick instead of a statute book to hand as he departs for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics tomorrow.

Hockey player Timothy Cockram - also an associate in Carson McDowell's ligitgation team - is one of the Ireland team's three travelling reserves.

It's the first time in over 100 years that Ireland's international hockey team has qualified for the Olympics. Mr Cockram said: "I am excited to be representing Ireland. If a player is injured in training or during a game then I'll be called up to the main playing squad."

He travels to South America tomorrow for a 10-day training camp before heading to Rio. "Our first match is against India on August 6, with really tough games against Holland and Germany after.

"We have a tough group to qualify from, but I believe we have the quality and talent to do so."

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