On Friday 23rd June, schools and departments from across the University were invited to form teams and battle it out against colleagues in an attempt to win the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge Trophy.
The EuroHockey Club Cup (Champions League of hockey) is a showcase of the best female sides, bringing European club hockey to an end each year. This year was different — each senior team competing were invited to bring their U14 Girls squad to mirror their senior counterparts.
Staff from Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent met at Canterbury Golf Club on 21st June for the inaugural Staff Varsity Golf Match.
With just over two weeks to go until the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Challenge, entries have been coming in thick and fast!
Last Wednesday I embarked on a Disability Awareness Training session to learn about engaging people in sport and physical activity. The afternoon was delivered by The Change Foundation a charity who aim to change the lives of disadvantaged young people using the power of dance and sport. The opportunity was part of the charity’s roadshow – celebrating 10 years of making a lasting difference in people’s lives.
Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to fly out to Barcelona to visit Real Club De Polo. Considered one of the most prestigious and exclusive hockey clubs in Europe and maybe even the world, this opportunity was my golden ticket into an elite sporting organisation.
by James Donaldson
This past Sunday, the 22nd of January, myself and 1500 other runners took part in the Canterbury 10 mile road race. A famous foot race that I’d heard about long before I came to CCCU to study for my PhD. This year there would be a lot more involvement with the university as general management and parking for the event had been handed over to CCCU Sport in conjunction with Invicta East Kent running club.
Last night I had my first of 6 sessions of TrySport Skiing. I’ve never skied before and was quite nervous. I could barely move with the heavy boots and cumbersome skis on and there were other people there flying and zigzagging down the slope. Thankfully, the instructor was very reassuring and understanding of where I was at, compared to the others.
I spent the whole lesson on the lower part of the slope, in the beginners’ lane. The instructor had me side stepping up the hill and then slowing going down. Each time she did a gradual progression to something new. The first time, she stood in front of me to stop me from sliding, the next time she showed me how to stop myself from sliding but still stood in front of me, then she showed me how to get in position without sliding, and so on. By the end of the lesson, I could get up the lower slope, turn to position, slide down, do a little jump, lift my feet and – most importantly – stop! She assures me, by the end of the sessions, I will be going to the top on the drag lift and skiing down like everyone else. It’s baby steps for now though.
If you’re staff or a student at CCCU and have always wanted to give skiing a go but you’re a chicken (like me), you should do TrySport Skiing. It’s on Tuesdays at 6-7 pm for the next 5 weeks and only costs £20 in total. The venue is Folkestone Ski Centre. You can book online or contact TrySport for more information.
I started my journey exactly one year go. Why did i start? My partner used to wake me up and say, ‘Babe, you are not breathing’. But not once did he call me fat or force me to loose weight. Can you imagine being 23, weighing 120 kg and not breathing in your sleep?
I never took it seriously. Then, in late 2014, I began to have difficulty walking up the stairs. My son commented, ‘Mummy you are too fat’. I was not morbidly obese but I was at the biggest I have ever been and my body was working double time to keep me going. At this time, I weighed 120 kg and wore a size 22. I begun to loath my body and became depressed but kept eating and complaining to my partner and my family. In January 2015, my family convinced me to go join a gym and to switch a few eating habits.
I started doing classes but healthy eating was a big challenge. I found that when I got my hands on unhealthy food I would binge, go to the gym to punish myself and then not eat the rest of that day. Although I was going to the gym, overeating let me down. I was not loosing weight. The turning point was in April 2015 when I got my acceptance to CCCU. I decided I wanted life to be different. I was tired of being big. I found a nutrition course online and I did it for 5 weeks. I passed it and my eating habits got a little better. Then I got an online trainer but he did not help me. All he did was take my money. It was then I decided to work with people in my local gym.
September 2015 came and I started uni. At this point i was 112 kg. I felt a little better about myself and my self-esteem was higher. I joined the uni gym and found another online coach. To be honest, I wanted a quick fix. I now know that there is no quick fix. I tried so many things but of all these things, the ones that work are good nutrition, plenty of fun exercise and having a gym partner or 3. Since September last year, to this day, I have lost 20 kg and am still going. I go to the uni gym, I do boxing, I have 3 amazing gym partners who cheer me on every time we hit the gym.
I look back now and know my main reason for starting was my son saying i was fat. I never want to hear those words, they are the most disappointing words a mother can hear her 7 year old say to her. My ‘WHY’ is what keeps me going. There are days I want to give up but WHY I started reminds me, ‘Hey, you need to work out, you need to eat nutritiously’. I may not have all the answers but I know that to have some answers we have to start and to take responsibility and be motivated by where we want to be.
By Arehone Mukhathedzwa
The PlaySport Football League has had an excellent first season so far at its new home at Chaucer School which has already seen everything you’d expect to see in any University football fixture. Grit, determination, the odd nutmeg and plenty of goals. However, this season has also brought something a little different in the form of Gillingham Brundle.