Kids find the per­fect food for ath­letes

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - KAROLINE TUCKEY

Would an Olympic run­ner go faster af­ter eat­ing choco­late or drink­ing green tea?

Dur­ing the Rio Games, a group of chil­dren from Ross In­ter­me­di­ate’s Gifted and Ta­lented class set out to find out what foods help per­for­mance, and to de­sign a per­fect snack for Olympic run­ners.

Jenna Shap­leski, Kristal Burgess and Emily Wil­liams in­ves­ti­gated me­dia re­ports of ath­letes foods, and looked at foods that re­lease en­ergy ef­fec­tively.

‘‘From the news we found out they eat ta­cos and sal­ads,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘They eat a lot!’’ Jenna said. ‘‘Food’s very im­por­tant - if you don’t eat some­thing you’re go­ing to start fall­ing over half way through [your race].’’

They found that foods which helped ath­letes per­form in­cluded green tea, ba­nana cake, oats and car­rots.

‘‘We thought we def­i­nitely needed oats be­cause they give you loads of en­ergy and it doesn’t go quickly - it keeps giv­ing you en­ergy and more en­ergy,’’ Wil­liams said.

So they found a recipe with oats, apri­cots and choco­late and made an Olympic slice.

‘‘We were hop­ing it would be a pit stop for a sprinter, so they could sprint past and get one and go nom nom,’’ Jenna said.

They made sure their Olympic slice would suit all ath­letes by choos­ing a recipe with no pig prod­ucts, be­ing sen­si­tive to the di­etary needs of mus­lims, and also by ask­ing about al­ler­gies be­fore they let any­one from the school sam­ple it.

Usain Bolt and Kiwi high jumper Eliza McCart­ney were among their favourite ath­letes at the games.

Their class­mate Os­car Hodg­son had also de­signed and made his own medal. Af­ter re­search­ing medals from the Olympic and No­bel Prize cer­e­monies, he de­cided the medal should be for peace.

He had the medal’s in­scrip­tion trans­lated into four other lan­guages, as it was not just for English-speak­ing peo­ple, he said.

The class had held dis­cus­sions about whether the Olympic games were re­ally about sport or money, which was very in­ter­est­ing, Jenna said.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WILSON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Ross In­ter­me­di­ate pupils made an Olympic Slice as a per­fect fuel for ath­letes; from left, Kristal Burgess, Os­car Hodg­son, Jenna Shap­leski and Emily Wil­liams.

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