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Stirlympics set to cause a Stir

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The Olympics are on their way to Stirling, with the inaugural Stirlympics being held this very week.

Stirlympics will see a host of events, from Tug of War to obstacle courses to bungee runs, as well as a crazy golf course.

The show kicks off at 12:00 on Wednesday 30 March with the Mass Zumba event, ending with a coloured movie run at 18:00.

It is the brainchild of a group of 26 postgraduate students, who have been tasked with organising the event as part of their Sports Management module.

The event is inspired by the “Superteams” event at the University of Aberdeen and its aim is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

Florian Bader, part of the Finance and Marketing group behind Stirlympics, said:

“Participants and spectators can expect a day dedicated to sports and fun. It is a good opportunity for the students to forget about all the exam and dissertation stress and to spend a fun day together with their friends.

“The main focus of the event is not on the winning aspect but on the participation and fun part. We really hope to have nice weather in order to provide everybody with the best possible experience.”

Mr Bader and his team have funded the event through the Sports Union, as well as achieving sponsorship from the Mediterranea and Spice Lounge restaurants and Bridge of Allan’s Run4It, who will be raffling a pair of trainers.

Kevin Walker, also on the Finance and Marketing team, had high hopes for the event:

“We hope this event will run annually and that as many people participate as possible.

“It will also mark the end of the Sports Union fixtures and hopefully will be used to celebrate the success of the sporting year in future years.”

Also at the event will be stalls for a number of sports clubs, as well as Disability Sport and Snowsport Scotland.

Mr Walker added: “We hope to attract as many people as possible to the event and to see everyone have fun and enjoy all of the activities that are being run on the day.

“Our course has been working 24/7 on producing the best event as possible and hope that our hard work will result in a fantastic day for all involved.”

Sign-up for the event is now open until Tuesday 29 March, with participants able to sign up online or via a stall in the Atrium . The fee is £2, with further details available on the Stirlympics Facebook page. Click here for more information.

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