The parish-based gold champions represent just one of many initiatives of More Than Gold, an umbrella group of 16 Christian denominations set up with the aim of helping the churches to engage more closely with the Olympics.
The idea of a gold champion in every parish was to try to interest the entire Catholic community in the games.
"The whole concept," explained [Colm] Hickey in an early May telephone interview with Catholic News Service, "is just trying to get people in any way to be inspired by sport."
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