Liam Ball

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Liam Ball (May 17, 1951 – June 16, 1984) was an Irish Olympic swimmer at both the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympic Summer Games, competing for Ireland in the Men's 100 metres Breaststroke and Men's 200 metres Breaststroke at each. He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and was a past pupil of St. Columb's College in the city.

A local hero, Ball appears in a mural on Creggan's Central Drive. The annual Liam Ball International Triathlon, hosted by the North West Triathlon Club at Templemore Sports Complex in Derry, is also named after Ball.

He died aged 33 at his home in Castlebar after a long illness on 16 June 1984.[1][2] He had been manager of the local swimming pool.[3][4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connaught Telegraph. (1984). Deaths: Ball, Castlebar and Derry, 16 June 1984, at his residence, Liam, published 20 June 1984, page 2
  2. ^ Irish Independent. (1984). Deaths: Ball, Castlebar and Derry, 16 June 1984, at his residence, Liam, published 18 June 1984, page 19
  3. ^ Irish Independent. (1984). Former swim star dies, 18 June, page 9
  4. ^ Connaught Telegraph. (1984). Liam Ball: An Appreciation, 27 June 1984, page 6
  5. ^ Irish Times. (1984). Obituary: Mr Liam Ball, 19 June, page 9
  6. ^ Connaught Telegraph. (1984). The late Liam Ball: Swimmer supreme, 20 June, page 17
  • "Liam Ball". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-09-18.