Elite athlete Kate Wright shares tips for fuelling with Rogers
May 11, 2018
Photo Credit: Yan Huckendubler
At Rogers Foods we love to hear from our fans, especially when it’s elite athlete and team captain Kate Wright (Gillis). Kate is the most internationally experienced athlete ever with the Canadian women’s national field hockey team. During the 2017 Pan American Cup, she hit 169 games played, beating the previous record for Canadian women.
The biggest highlight of her career thus far has been leading the Canadian women to a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Recently, Kate and her team finished 5th at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. The team came into the competition ranked 8th.
To celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Kate gave us her most valuable fuelling tips for training at home and at competitions on the road. Here’s what she had to say:
Fuelling at Home
“We have three intense trainings daily preparing for competitions like the Commonwealth Games. It’s important to eat to be sustained for each training without feeling too full.”
Tip One – High-Quality Snacks
One of Kate’s tips includes relying on healthy, nutritious snacks for fast fuelling in between training sessions. “There needs to be high quality carbohydrates in the snack, as training sessions can last up to three hours.” Kate’s go-to favourites are homemade muffins and banana bread using Rogers Canadian Grown Whole Grain Whole Wheat Flour and Overnight Oats and Granola Bars using Rogers Canadian Grown Large Flake Oats.
Tip Two – Plan Ahead
“It seems like we’re constantly eating to sustain the daily training sessions. It’s important to plan your meals and snacks for this. That is easier at home than on the road. We know our schedules and when you’re at home you have your kitchen and familiar grocery stores and your favourite foods.”
Fuelling on the Road
“Our manager travels ahead of us to the location of the competition to scope out the hotel to make sure there are fridges in the rooms, local grocery stores and restaurants. Knowing your body and the best time to fuel and digest before competition is important. This is individual for each player.”
Tip Three – Bring Food on the Road
“We always travel with a team bag containing our favourite foods to keep us in optimal shape to perform our best while on the road.” Kate recalls one time travelling through airport security with her homemade overnight oats made with Rogers Canadian Grown Large Flake Oats. There were a few questions, but in the end she was able to enjoy the overnight oats later on the flight.
Tip Four – Hydration and Sleep
“To perform at your best, hydration is key and sleep is critical. We are careful to scope out the water source for our hydration needs in foreign countries. We also wear compression socks on long flights so our legs are ready to perform when we land. Before bedtime we have an extra snack – usually a high quality carbohydrate with some protein and fat like oatmeal, milk and walnuts. We don’t want to wake in the middle of the ‘new time zone night’ hungry. And restful sleep is critical for the team to wake refreshed the next day.”
Final Tips from Canada’s Kate Wright
“I am always monitoring how I’m feeling and performing and adjust my food, snacks and drinks to accommodate. You want to achieve an optimal level of performance and use high-quality food to get you there.”