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As a second-year student who was too nervous to try different ‘Give it a Go’ sessions last year, this time I decided to go along to the FAD Dance Society GIAG and I’m so glad I did. FAD is a dance group offering commercial style dance classes where you are taught routines to current chart music. They offered 3 different sessions for all abilities (beginners, intermediate and advanced) so everyone could get involved. All classes are taught by members of the committee who are Cardiff University students themselves. I went to the beginners’ class where the committee were very welcoming. We learnt a routine to ‘Ciao Adios’ by Anne-Marie which was energetic and sassy which I loved! The class suited the ability very well and was a fun way to meet new people and have a laugh whilst doing so. If you’re looking for a fun way to keep fit, wanting to try something new or you’re interested in competing more regularly I’d definitely recommend giving FAD a go!

Whilst I’m not the best swimmer in the world and I’d rather be at home watching Netflix than holding my breath upside down in a capsized kayak, I thoroughly enjoyed the pool kayak GIAG session. We were taught the basics when it came to paddling, turning and also how to keep your balance if for any reason you found yourself hurtling down white water rapids (a situation I am now mildly prepared for). As well as this, teams of three attempted to race with two kayaks and just the one paddle – which we lost – and inevitably it ended with us in the creek rather than up it. An evening well spent I’d say.

After choosing to walk and not to pay the extra £2 for transport to the Cardiff Ice Rink in the International Sports Village, I was slightly worried that my legs were going to be even less use to me on the ice. But, after a few rounds of the rink, I learned my suspicions were true. Everyone wishes they were the next Torvil and Dean, but I just wanted to manoeuvre a corner without the thought of me joining The Weeknd in losing the feeling in my face. I did, however master this skill and several others after a lesson with one of the instructors and surprised myself, and I would definitely recommend it!

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