On Thursday 5th February, Miss Drain, along with the rest of the PE department organised for a number of students to receive an online talk about sport and the importance of nutrition. There were over 80 students from Year 11-14 who participate in a variety of sports involved who wanted to learn about the importance of nutrition for their performance.
The talk was held by a top-class nutritionist, Niamh Mallon who works for a worldwide company called Orreco, who provide world class bio-analytics for elite athletes in the Premier League, NBA, NFL, and MLB etc. In her role, she works alongside these athletes, including Harry Kane, using data that they have collected to guide the sports people on their nutrition for their performance. Niamh herself is a keen sportswoman and plays a huge role on the County Down Senior Camogie team who recently won the Intermediate All-Ireland Championship in December 2020.
Niamh provided us with lots of very useful information surrounding diet, including the importance of protein, and how we need to fuel our bodies as young athletes. She broke down the information so that it was easy for us to understand and also provided us with tips of small changes we can make to our lifestyle which will make a huge difference in each of our sports. I found it particularly interesting when she talked about females in sport and I believe she is a real role model for younger girls who play camogie but also who just love to take part in exercise. Niamh also participated in a Q&A Session afterwards and answered any questions we had which was a great interactive experience.
I really enjoyed the talk as it provided me with huge amounts of knowledge which I can take forward not only in my personal sporting performance but also added to what I have already learnt as an A-Level P.E student. I found the talk especially engaging as Niamh is a GAA player which a large number of pupils here in St. Louis are too. It provided a release from the online learning and the pandemic as we are unable to participate in school sporting activities at the minute, but we can look forward to when we will be able to be back enjoying playing sport together again.
I would like to thank Niamh for taking the time to create the presentation and talk to us, and also the P.E Department for organising it for all the pupils.
By Maeve Henry