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Charity endurance challenge looms for Vice-Principal

25 August 2014

Coast-to-Coast Challenge - Oban race 1 ‌ 

Ahead of his 120-mile endurance challenge to cycle, kayak and swim across Scotland, Professor Steve Olivier tackled a sea kayak race to test his fitness. How did he get on?

He is taking on the three-day charitable adventure from 1-3 September to raise funds to support student sport at Abertay University, with all donations being used to send an elite student athlete for expert coaching, studying and training overseas.

Coast-to-Coast Challenge - Oban race 2 ‌ 

Speaking after this weekend’s race, he said: “As preparation for the Coast-to-Coast Challenge next week, I incorporated the 20km Oban Sea Kayak Race into my training.

“The race was held in testing conditions, with the first section down Kerrera Sound against the tide, and then turning into very choppy sea caused by the NW wind and wave refraction off the island.

“The winner was multiple kayak world champion and Olympian Ivan Lawler, and he disappeared from view pretty quickly!

“Results aren't posted yet, but I reckon I came in about halfway up (or down!) the field.

“Unfortunately the choppy conditions mean my wrist is now much worse, but hopefully physio this week will help ahead of the big challenge next week.”

To contribute to the fundraising effort, please visit the Coast-to-Coast Challenge Just Giving page.

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