I love working with athletes and coaches to delve deep into the physiology of their performance goals and looking for anyways, large or small, that nutrition can play a positive role in supporting this.
I currently consult to elite swimming athletes at the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Sunshine Coast Lighting Super Netball team.
No matter what level athletes compete at, their daily training diet must be balanced, as this has the greatest potential to influence their sporting performance. This usually means eating five or so times per day and ensuring that all meals and snacks are a combination of 4 key things.
Most of all, be organised and prepared to fuel your training sessions!
I get a lot of satisfaction from watching athletes notice and genuinely feel the benefits to their health, well-being and performance when they implement the nutrition strategies we’ve discussed. I also feel very blessed to work alongside athletes who have achieved the pinnacle of their sporting dreams – winning grand finals, national and world titles, Olympic and Paralympic gold medals and world records. It’s very special, and I am grateful for the opportunities this profession has afforded me.
I have a strong food-first philosophy when working with athletes; however, there are some that I do find myself recommending on a more regular basis:
Batch Tested provides me with a streamlined way to order/recommend a wide range of third-party, independently batch-tested supplements. This provides the efficiency of time and a level of convenience and confidence for the athletes I work with. Karen and Di are incredibly approachable and go out of their way to assist Sports Dietitians and Athletes.