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Shingai’s sporting challenge
Sportsister caught up with singer Shingai from The Noisettes to hear about why she has decided to take on a sporting challenge.
Later this month Shingai, the charismatic and trend setting lead singer of The Noisettes, is swapping her microphone for a bike, when she takes on a charity challenge to cycle from Stratford, London to Brighton.
Sportsister caught up with her to find out what made a girl more commonly found in a festival field decide to train for this challenge, and to ask if her usual sense of style will be carried over to her cycling.
It seems that cycling is experiencing a real boom in popularity right now, what made you choose a cycling challenge?
I wanted to set myself a personal fitness goal and see if I could achieve it. I also wanted to do something to raise some money and awareness for a charity called Ponayi. My mum recovered from breast cancer a year and a half ago and in the last year she started this charity. It literally means ‘speedy recovery’ or ‘get well soon’. It’s taken a lot for my mum to make the break through with her recovery and that has given me the strength to want to do this.
Have you always enjoyed keeping fit?
I have always been a keen bike rider, me and my sister used to go on adventures on our bikes all around south east London. I got my first bike when I was seven and I haven’t looked back since. I think I get a lot of confidence from riding on my bike through the park and along the river.
When I am not on tour I don’t have my tour manager telling me when I have to be every minute and hour of the day, and I feel really free when I’m riding my bike. I love riding with no hands going down a hill and wearing a big crazy colourful ridiculous hat!
You are known for your sense of style, do you like to make an effort when you go out cycling?
Absoloutely, and not just me but my bike too. For the challenge I plan to have my bike decorated in gold. You have got to pull out the extras when you can. It’s going to be a really exciting day and I think at the finish line we will have a picnic and a big party.
Will this be the longest distance you have ever done?
Yes by far!
Tell us about how you have been training…
I have a trainer three times a week, and for the other two or three times a week I have been using the Nike Training Club App. It’s just really easy to use. I’ve being using it in the park, in my hotel rooms and also on the beach as well.
What would you say to other girls to encourage them to take up a challenge?
Definitely go for it, you’ll never look back. It’s really nice as well if you have a fitness partner, either a friend or a family member, so you can keep an eye on each other and make sure you are doing the right exercise. It is very easy to motivate yourself with the Nike Training Club App because its there on your phone and you can have a 10 minute work out or a half hour work out -whatever suits you.
If you could watch any event at London 2012 what would it be?
That would be the high jump, it’s one of my favourite things to watch.
To follow Shingai as she uses the Nike Training Club App to prepare for her Stratford to Brighton bike ride challenge visit – www.facebook.com/NikeTrainingClubUK. To download the NTC App for free straight to your iPhone® or iPod Touch® go to the Apple App Store.
Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine