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Kate O’Connor admits father/coach set-up can have its ups and downs after Commonwealth Games silver for Northern Ireland

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Kate O’Connor of Team Northern Ireland is congratulated after winning the silver medal by gold medal winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson of England

Kate O’Connor of Team Northern Ireland is congratulated after winning the silver medal by gold medal winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson of England

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Kate O’Connor of Team Northern Ireland is congratulated after winning the silver medal by gold medal winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson of England

The relationship between a daughter and her dad is a special one. For Northern Ireland’s latest sporting sensation Kate O’Connor, her father also happens to be her coach.

Given how brilliantly 21-year-old Kate performed in a packed Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday to win silver for Team NI in the Commonwealth Games heptathlon, it’s evident Michael is doing a fabulous job in that department.


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