Event: Tri-athelete Comes Back to Life – Lectures by Dr Laurie Rauch

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Forres Area Wellbeing Network (FAWN), Living Golf Scotland and Dr. Laurie Rauch are bringing health and sport together.

Dr. Laurie Rauch is giving a pair of lectures:

  • Saturday 2nd September, 12-1pm, Forres House, Forres
  • Thursday 31st August, 6-7pm, Lecture Theatre at Moray College, Elgin.

Dr. Laurie Rauch works as a neurobiologist in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town.  He specialises on the Autonomic Nervous System – brain function and biofeedback.  He holds international conferences on his research re the motivated brain.

Laurie was knocked off his bike by a drunken container truck driver, while training for South African Triathlon Championship. He sustained severe brain and spinal cord injuries. He lost his right leg above the knee.

Ten years later, after training for a full year, Laurie finished the Argus Tour, a 109 km cycling race around the Cape Peninsula. His biggest hurdle during training was the stress his damaged body caused him. Laurie considers cycle racing to be less daunting than learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, having brain and spinal cord injuries, and severely weakened muscles from the accident.

Dr Rauch inspires people of all ages and backgrounds, to change their lives and focus on low intensity, right brain dominated exercise. He discovered – its not about trying harder – it’s about balance while letting go. His focus is now on the right side of the brain. He has changed many people’s life.

Through Living Golf, Dr Rauch is researching the impact of golf on mental health, through the integration of left & right brain, with every golf shot. This is being carried out at a poverty stricken African township school and a world-renowned Cape Town primary school.

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