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Kicking up a Storm with Taekwondo’s up-and-coming Stars

Ailsa Harvey & Harry McArthur

 

Martial arts are a variety of different sports that contain codified systems of combat. Originating in Asia and particularly prominent in China, Korea and Japan, the sport was practised to teach self-defence. As time has progressed it is used for military and law enforcement, mental and spiritual development and, most importantly for us, sport.

A lot of the techniques learned in one martial art can be transferrable with another, and there are no two more transferrable than kickboxing to taekwondo. Kickboxing is martial art that combines boxing with elements of karate, in particular, barefoot kicking. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that emphasises kicking; this can be head height kicks, spinning-kicks, as well as other fast-kicking techniques.

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Walking in a Football Wonderland

Harry McArthur

 

One of the highlights of my childhood was rushing home from school, throwing on a football kit and rushing out to the park to have a kick-about with my friends. This carried on to my teenage days, and nowadays I still have a kick-about with mates once a week. All good things come to an end and one day I’ll have to hang up the boots.

However, that may be further in the future than I once thought. I went along to watch a game of walking football at Oriam, Heriot Watt’s sports complex, and spoke to the guys about what walking football is all about.

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Get Your Skates On: Sport of the Day

Ailsa Harvey

Speed skating is a competitive form of ice skating which involves competitors racing on the ice. There are different distances to compete at: long track speed skating, short track speed skating and marathon speed skating. The standard rink for long track is 400 meters long, but sometimes shorter tracks are used.

The first sign of speed skating can be traced back over a millennium to Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the Netherlands, where natives added bones to their shoes and skated across frozen bodies of water. Ice skating is thought to always have been an activity of joy rather than transport.

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Flipping Bikes and Scooters – You Got This Tour

Harry McArthur

 

The Nitro Circus tour is hitting the UK and France in two weeks, coming to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on the 21st of November. The show will feature multiple X-Game medallists as well as several Nitro Games world champions.

As part of the show the daredevils from Nitro Circus will perform tricks on BMX, FMX, scooters and skates amongst some other contraptions- in the past they have done tricks whilst sitting in a bath with wheels! They will perform stunts and tricks off of ramps of multiple heights, displaying their athleticism and reckless bravery.

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Dog Sledding- Dogs and sports; what’s not to love?

Harry McArthur

 

The rules and equipment required for dog sledding are available at the bottom of the article, so if you are unsure on any of the technical terms used have a look down there!

 

I would have been shocked if a matter of weeks ago someone told me that they could blend together two of my favourite things in life. After some searching I found it; a combination of sports and dogs. Dog sledding. To find out more about dog sledding I caught up with the social media manager of the SDAS (Sled Dog Association of Scotland), Ashleigh Dean, for some details on the sport.

“Dog sledding is not one of the first sports you think of in Scotland or the UK, but over the last few years it has grown a lot. In many other countries, dog sled sports are recognized and for some countries it is part of their culture and history.

“Many people are under the impression that the sport is only done on a sled, on snow, for miles and miles, so can’t really be done in Britain. In Scotland we get a chance to do some of our training using a sled on snow, but the majority of our races are completed on a rig. In Britain we mostly focus on sprint distances. So speed more than mileage, as trails for distance are hard to come by.”

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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

Sport of the Day- Lacrosse

Ailsa Harvey

 

Lacrosse is a team sport, played with a lacrosse stick and ball. The aim of the game is to score the most points by shooting the ball into the goal. Players pass the ball from stick to stick, catching it in the top of the stick. The lacrosse sticks are called crosses, and are sharply bent at the top to form a hook. A pocket is formed at the top in order to handle the ball.

The sports four varieties (field lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse) all have different rules and equipment. While the men’s games and the field and box lacrosse are contact sports and require more protective gear, the women’s game does not allow body contact. Intercrosse is a mixed-gender variety and uses a much softer ball.

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Sport of the Day- Ice Climbing

Ailsa Harvey

Ice climbing, a sport evolved from rock climbing, involves ascending ice formations such as cliffs and rock slabs covered in ice, ice falls and frozen waterfalls.

The ice can be divided into two categories for climbing; alpine ice and water ice. Alpine ice climbing usually involves mountainous environments with the aim being to reach the summit. Alternatively, water ice is found mainly on cliffs or areas beneath water flow. Whilst alpine ice is created from frozen precipitation, water ice is frozen liquid flow and is generally more technically challenging.

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