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6 May 2018


South West Academy of Sport: Nutrition Workshop

Story by Trent Mitton, Australian Hockey Player.


6th May 2018, Bunbury.


Lead Facilitator Caz Gibbney and I had the pleasure of conducting a nutrition seminar for a group of talentedSouth West athletes last weekend. There was a range of different sports represented which is always great to see!The largest group was that of the hockey players which was pleasing. Hockey is extremely strong in Bunbury and the South west, and the region also played a large part in my hockey upbringing. It was nice having a chat to them about their club games and up-coming state trials.


We covered some of the really important aspects of nutrition at the beginning of the session. These included the carbohydrate and protein content of the foods they eat. The young athletes certainly learned that some of their food choices perhaps weren't the right ones. This group are now at the age where their training sessions are getting longer, more physical and more frequent, which emphasises the importance of a good diet.


We also had the pleasure of having Sean Pollard join in our session. Sean is para-snowboarder who represented Australia at the most recent Winter Olympics. He is an amazing person with a more amazing story of how he came to represent his country at the paralympics. As a Bunbury local he hopes to continue to help out the region by joining in and helping facilitate some of the sessions for the South West Academy of Sport athletes - his insights were really beneficial for the group.


One of the most important sections we covered during the morning was that of a meal plan. Some of the athletes put together some amazing examples of how you can plan your week of meals. Although that bit was important, I believe the biggest take home for the group was how prepared they need to be for the travel that is involved with living in Bunbury and the South West. As I mentioned earlier, they are now at the age where most have represented their state. This involves a lot of car trips to Perth for training and competition. If they aren't prepared with food and water for before and after training they will be left with poor take away food options for the drive home. Planning and preparation is crucial in becoming an elite athlete.


As always I enjoyed the morning with the Developing Champions program, it was an extremely valuable session with the South West Academy of Sport athletes.

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