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Date: 10th October 2018

Shannon Scovel- An Ironwoman

Matthew Moffatt

A swim, cycle and marathon run all combined into one event; the ultimate test of endurance and mental strength. With the Ironman World Championships just around the corner, USA athlete Shannon Scovel gave us an exclusive insight into the world of Ironman and discussed her love of the sport and her preparation for the world championships.

The idyllic Hawaiian city of Kailua plays host to the 40th Ironman World Championships this year on the 13th of October. Athletes will swim, cycle and run their way around the picturesque setting facing high temperatures and strong winds. Labelled as ‘the most prestigious endurance race in the world’, Shannon is looking forward to taking part and is excited by “the thrill and honour of representing her country.”

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PACE News update- World Mental Health day

Ailsa Harvey

Today, on World Mental Health Day, PACE News look at the unique pressures people face in the world of sport, and how this can affect the mind.

Many athletes carry out daily training with the aim to succeed in their sport and improve their physical health. But, it is important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health.

‘Mind’, a mental health charity, has carried out research among the sporting community and “identified three particular mental health pressure points for professional sports people, coinciding with times of key transition”.

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Sport of the Day- Dog Sledding

Ailsa Harvey

The sport of dog sledding involves racing on sleds pulled by dogs, usually over snowy cross-country courses.

The dogs in the dog sled teams have different roles when racing. Lead dogs, at the front of the pack, must have common sense and be able to find route in bad weather. ‘Swing’ dogs and ‘point’ dogs are responsible for guiding the rest of the team through curves in the trail. They run directly behind the leader. ‘Team’ dogs are primarily used for their power, running in the middle and ‘wheel’ dogs stay close to the sled to pull it out of deep snow.

When practising the sport in countries without constant snow, wheeled carts are used instead of the sleds.  The person who races the dogs on the sled is called the ‘musher’. Their main roles come before the race in taking care of the dogs, preparing them and training them to perform at their best. Continue reading

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