Triathlon success for UHI students

Seven students from West Highland College UHI took part in a triathlon event recently as part of their Access to Physical Education qualification.

All students received certificates to recognise their achievements and Chris Mackinnon of Lochalsh Leisure Centre presented the winning team captain Jenny Beaton with the trophy, which was donated by the college.

The Skills and Learning Programme students swam 50 lengths of the pool and cycled 30 kilometres on the exercise bikes before running/walking 15km on the treadmills and cross-trainers, encouraged and assisted by their lecturer Ann-Marie Macaskill and staff of Kyleakin Connections and Lochalsh Leisure Centre.

“The students have really outdone themselves… and we are very grateful to Lochalsh Leisure Centre and their staff for all their assistance in making this possible,” said Ann-Marie Macaskill, who is pictured with the students.

The college also presented the leisure centre with a small donation in recognition of their support.

The Skills and Learning Programme is a year-long course for students with additional needs and runs in Auchtertyre college centre one day per week and another day based in either Kyleakin Connections or another location depending on the project. A similar course runs in the college centres in Portree and Fort William. For two days a week, students are involved in a variety of activities such as IT, art, health and personal care. The course runs from September to June, but the college is always keen to hear of other potential students at any time of year.