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Opinion: African World Cup long overdue

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

For the billions of soccer fans around the world, the past four years have been spent in eager anticipation of the 2010 World Cup.

This summer’s World Cup will be held in Africa for the first time ever, a move that is historically groundbreaking and possesses the potential to be hugely influential.

When South Africa hosts the competition this summer, it will mark the first time the Cup has been played on the African continent. The World Cup has been held on every other continent except Australia, and multiple times on most.

South Africa will join Cameroon, Algeria, and the Ivory Coast in representing Africa in this summer’s tournament.

Despite never having won a World Cup, African teams have certainly been prominent enough to earn a position as hosts long before now.

The importance of this long overdue honor to South Africa and to the continent as a whole is immense.
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Getting groovy at Groovolution

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

Tired of the same boring workout?

Typically people go through the routine of cardio, weights and crunches. This can quickly grow dull, leaving exercisers in a rut.

New exercise studio Groovolution hopes to fix this problem by offering such classes as fire dancing, hula hooping, and belly dancing.

Heather Foy runs the studio, which opened Feb. 5.

Foy grew up practicing ballet and jazz dance, but said she didn’t really take it seriously.

At age 19, she began belly dancing, then quickly added fire dancing as well.

“The first time I saw fire dancing I said, ‘You have to teach me how to do that,’ ” Foy said. “I’ve been addicted to dancing ever since.”
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Beacon Sports: PBA alum has growing Pilates business

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

Looking for an exercise program that will tone, strengthen and increase flexibility, but not leave you dripping in sweat? Pilates may fit the bill.

One of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s most popular fitness classes, pilates, is taught by Stephanie McCluney. Pilates offers a variety of benefits and can meet the needs of many different exercisers.

“It’s very good cross-training for athletes. It stems from the core, so you’ll gain strength, speed, and power,” McCluney said. “For non-athletes, it offers proper alignment, balance, and it evens out the muscles.”

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Beacon Sports: Champion Sailfish look forward

By Katie Witham
Sports Editor

After finishing as runners up in 2008, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s softball team captured the program’s first ever national championship this past spring season.

With a second place finish the previous season, head coach Kimberly Bloemers knew her team had the ability to go all the way. 

“We knew at the beginning of the season that we were working towards this,” said Bloemers. “The whole season was in preparation for the tournament.”

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