Paralympic Bites 29th Aug 2012

It's less than 1 day to go now until our Paralympic heroes take the to the London stage!! We love this clip: Meet the Superhumans (even though it is team GB, we’ll just make this one exception!). For the schedule, events and results, click here. We’ve profiled a few of our heroes below taht are working with sports dietitians - Go Aussies!! 

Jess Gallagher (javelin and long jump)                                                             

  • Disability: Vision impairment - macular dystrophy (from birth)
  • Date of Birth: 14/03/1986
  • Occupation: Osteopath
  • Started Competing: 2007
  • First Competed for Australia: 2011
  • Games Experience: Vancouver 2010
  • Career Highlights: Being the first and only female Australian to win a Paralympic winter medal
  • Greatest Moment: Winning Australia’s first female Paralympic Winter medal (on her birthday!!) after 150 days on skis
  • Favourite Food: If she had to name just one… muesli
  • Best recovery food: A tub of low fat yoghurt mixed in with a glass of skim milk = yoghurt smoothie on the run!  

  Stuart Tripp (hand cycling)    

  • Disability: Right leg limb loss
  • How acquired: Car accident
  • Date of Birth: 13/06/1970
  • Occupation: Athlete
  • Started Competing: 2004
  • First Competed for Australia: 2010
  • Heroes: Miyamoto Musashi
  • Career Highlights: 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships
  • Greatest Moment: Getting back on his bike and finishing eighth after crashing out in the road race in 2011
  • Favourite food: Lollies…
  • Recovery choice: timing the next meal to coincide with recovery e.g. 9am training ride = 1pm recovery lunch

Kelly Cartwright (athletics)

  • Disability: Above right knee limb loss
  • How acquired: Cancer
  • Date of Birth: 22/04/1989
  • Occupation: Receptionist
  • Started Competing: 2007
  • First Competed for Australia: 2008
  • Games Experience: Beijing 2008
  • Career Highlights: 2011 World Championships - WR in long jump on the way to gold and winning gold in the 100m
  • Interesting fact: Kelly loves her Burmese cat, who is also an amputee. 

Dylan Alcott (wheelchair basketball)

  • Disability: Paraplegia
  • How acquired: Spinal tumour at birth
  • Date of Birth: 04/12/1990
  • Occupation: Motivational speaker and student
  • Started Competing: 2003
  • First Competed for Australia: 2006
  • Games Experience: Beijing 2008
  • Career Highlights: Gold medal in Beijing 2008 and 2010 World
  • Championships and making the World All Star Five at the 2010 World Championships
  • Greatest Moment: Winning gold in Beijing
  • Interesting fact: Dylan is famous on YouTube for crowd surfing in his wheelchair at a Queens of the Stone Age concert

Hot topic

Coconut water… Here to stay or just another food fad? Well, perhaps a little bit of both. Coconut water is the liquid inside young green coconuts (not the creamy/milky contents of mature coconuts). It is 3.9% carbohydrate (versus 6-7% carbohydrate of a sports drink) and provides small amounts of electrolytes that are lost through sweat, making coconut water the “ultimate” rehydration drink for yoga-devotees like Madonna, as it provides a lower-carbohydrate, electrolyte-replacing alternative to water that tastes good and feels righteous for those searching for ultimate health. For lower intensity or shorter exercise sessions, coconut water may be a suitable lower calorie alternative to a sports drink. However, sports drinks deliver more carbohydrate when it is needed most, such as during a marathon or any other endurance event where carbohydrate requirements can be quite high. For a little more background on the topic, click here to read the Choice article recently published. Our recommendation? Water is still the best for rehydration during and after lower intensity exercise, and if you are exercising for less than 1 hour. Sports drinks will provide much-needed carbohydrate when exercising at higher intensities and for longer periods. Coconut water may be useful if you want a beverage with “taste” with slightly less carbohydrate than a sports drink… so choose wisely!

Hungry for more?

Learn how to eat like our athletes with the expert sports dietitians that work with them! We have limited places remaining for our 1-day Nutrition for Exercise & Sport courses in Perth, Canberra and Darwin. The course, accredited with Fitness Australia, ESSA and Physical Activity Australia, is designed to bring you up-to-speed on the latest sports and nutrition science and focuses on the key types of clients likely to walk through a gym or fitness club, no matter what their sports or fitness goals may be. To find out more or to register, click here 

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