Monday, 10 December 2012
A healthy diet is top of the list for elite athletes chasing peak performance– just ask the Fremantle Dockers newest recruits.
Fourteen players recently visited ECU's Joondalup Campus to get a lesson in healthy eating from the University's Nutrition and Dietetics students.
Under the guidance of Fremantle Dockers nutritionist and ECU lecturer Ms Bethanie Allanson, students took the new recruits through a one-hour cooking class, covering everything from making healthy pizzas to preparing the perfect lasagne.
Undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition students provided the players with healthy tips during the class, as well as recipes to take home at the end of the day.
“Nutrition is one of the key factors for an elite athlete,” Ms Allanson said, who recently returned from the Olympics where she was a nutrition consultant to Australian athletes.
“A lot of these young players are living by themselves for the first time, so it is important that they learn how to prepare and cook healthy food to give themselves the best preparation possible for the gruelling training season ahead.
An experienced nutritionist, Ms Allanson has worked with a number of elite sporting team, including the Hockeyroos and Tennis Australia.
She now dedicates her time to working with the Fremantle Dockers and lecturing at ECU’s Joondalup Campus in Nutrition and Dietetics.
“This was a great chance for our students to work first-hand with players, putting their skills into practice. I look forward to working with the team as they implement many of these healthy eating practices into their everyday life,” Ms Allanson said.
For more information about studying Nutrition and Dietetics at ECU visit www.reachyourpotential.com.au.