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UWTSD Sponsors Ironman Wales and Backs Graduate’s Second Attempt

THIS UPCOMING September, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) proudly announces its sponsorship of the Volunteer section at Ironman Wales. Furthermore, they’re also extending support to the ‘Ironkids’ event designed for budding young athletes.

Set against the scenic backdrop of Pembrokeshire, Ironman Wales is a celebrated annual event, occurring every September. The challenging endurance triathlon, weaving through Tenby and south Pembrokeshire, sees participants push their limits across a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycling race, and a 26.2-mile marathon run. Drawing a crowd of over 3,000 athletes and numerous spectators, this event is indeed a spectacle.

Marking their collaborative partnership, UWTSD is championing the Ironkids races scheduled for Saturday, 2nd September, tailored for the youth. Moreover, the university will be endorsing the Volunteer segment ensuring smooth operations from the build-up days, through registration, and culminating on the main event day on Sunday, 3rd September.

Among the racers, a notable participant is UWTSD alumnus, Sarah Arthur, now the deputy headteacher at Tavernspite and Templeton Schools. Having undergone rigorous training and preparation, Sarah, 43, is no stranger to the event. Her previous attempt was cut short by an unfortunate accident during last year’s cycling leg. However, this setback only fueled her determination.

“I wanted to set an example for the kids in school. Even with practice and dedication, setbacks happen. It’s the rebound that counts,” says Sarah.

To enhance her performance, Sarah collaborated with Geraint Forster, the Programme Director for BSc Sport and Exercise Science at UWTSD. “Geraint’s insights refined my technique and the science of it. It’s made a marked difference,” Sarah shares.

Geraint acknowledges Sarah’s commitment, adding, “While she had a robust training regimen, the physiological tests helped fine-tune her preparation, especially her efficiency in the water.”

Inspiration runs in the family. This year, Sarah’s daughter is set to participate in Ironkids Wales. Sarah, often accompanied by fellow UWTSD graduate Lauren Arthur during her training, hopes her efforts inspire especially young girls. “I want them to know that women can conquer challenges and rise,” she says.

Both Sarah and Lauren are eagerly gearing up for the race on Sunday, 3rd September, representing UWTSD.

Beyond the race, the partnership between UWTSD and Ironman Wales opens doors for interdisciplinary collaborations in Sports, Health and Wellbeing, Tourism, and more. This synergy also paves the way for valuable applied research, aiding Ironman Wales in their forward strategy.

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