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KUCHING, Sept 22: More than 500 participants including athletes, coaches, and sports development officers participated in a virtual Zoom session with Sarawak diving queen Pandelela Rinong Pamg recently.
During the webinar, Pandelela shared about her daily dietary intake for training and competition in normal and pandemic circumstances as well as recovery strategies.
The webinar was hosted by Sarawak Sports Coroporation (SSC) as part of a sports nutrition education series to expose Sarawakian athletes to ideas about planning their own diet and applying nutritional knowledge which has been shared with them in every nutrition session.
SSC in a statement today said sports nutrition is an important part of performance excellence.
Through the Zoom session, Sarawak athletes had the opportunity to ask questions about how Pandelela plans her diet according to her training programme as well as be inspired by her.
Meanwhile, SSC chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee said: “To achieve success in sports, athletes, besides the need for passion for the sports concerned and the thrill of competing (enjoying competition) also need proper nutrition and dietary intake to maximise their potential as a champion.
“Just look at the athletes participating in the Olympics, especially our speaker for today’s session, Miss Pandelela Rinong, (who participated in) the greatest glory as an athlete at the most prestigious stage.
“Their motivation is not only from internal impetus and their behaviour is self-determined, they are also supported by a healthy dietary intake and proper meal planning.
“Even during this Covid-19 pandemic, they were still able to compete for the country,” he said.
Ong hoped Sarawakian athletes will take away key points from the webinar and use them to maximise their performance.
The webinar was moderated by SSC High Performance Unit staff Jennet Judith Unying who was assisted by SSC High Performance Unit (Sports Nutrition) staff Sharil Gasit. — DayakDaily