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Coast-to-coast challenge for Abertay Vice-Principal

12 August 2014

A leading Scottish academic is in training for a major endurance challenge, raising money to support training opportunities for elite student athletes.

Professor Steve Olivier, Vice-Principal (Academic) at Abertay University, will travel from Dunstaffnage Castle on the west coast of Scotland to Broughty Ferry Castle on the east coast by cycling, kayaking and swimming over 120 miles of roads, rivers and lochs.

The three-day charitable adventure from 1-3 September is raising funds to support student sport at Abertay University, with all money raised being used to send an elite student athlete for expert coaching, studying and training overseas.

Professor Steve Olivier said:

"As a keen sportsman, I’m always looking for the next big challenge. There’s something about crossing the full width of a country under your own power that really appeals.

"It’ll be a really tough challenge over the three days, particularly as my strength probably lies with the kayaking and swimming much more than the cycling!

"It might seem like an unusual way to spend a short holiday away from work, but I hope to be able to raise money to support one of our elite student athletes to benefit from expert international coaching."

Professor Olivier has previously completed ultra-endurance events in several sports and also serves as a volunteer crewman with the RNLI at the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station.

He is also an active researcher, specialising in the ethics of outdoor and adventure activities. He has published widely, in a number of areas including the philosophy of sport, research ethics, sports psychology, physiology, and morphology.

To contribute to the fundraising effort, please visit the Abertay University Coast-to-Coast Challenge page.

To follow Professor Olivier’s training and his progress during the challenge, please visit our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.


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