En:spire – discover how to fuel well and be healthy

Posted by Alex Messenger on 28/11/2019

How can you fuel well to perform well and be healthy? Join top climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk and expert guest speakers to discover more at a new BMC supported event in Sheffield.

En:spire is a new event, organised by top climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk and supported by the BMC and GB Climbing.

Taking place on 18 Jan at Awesome Walls Sheffield, En:spire aims to raise awareness around Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport – called RED-S – and provide information about the signs, symptoms, risk factors, consequences and management.

Earlier this year, Mina spoke out about her personal struggles with Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S), which, for her, was marked by a loss of menstruation among other symptoms.

Her article on UKC sparked a much-needed conversation around health in climbing and demonstrated a growing need for our climbing community (both men and women) to embrace a sustainable narrative around fuelling for our sport.

Climbing, just like running, cycling, fighting and dancing, has an unavoidable weight-sensitive nature, which can lead to dysfunctional behaviours around food and exercise. It’s also very easy to unintentionally under fuel when living very busy, active lives.

Now, the BMC has teamed up with Mina to organise a new event for climbers, bringing expert speakers to educate, inform and raise awareness of the importance of energy availability in sport.

This event is for climbers, coaches, parents and anyone else who wants to gain an insight into fuelling and training effectively to balance health and performance. The dialogue will be centred on climbing but we welcome people from other sports to join the conversation.

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Aims of the event:

Raise awareness around Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) by providing information about the signs and symptoms, risk factors, consequences and management.

Provide resources to athletes and coaches to encourage a positive environment in which athletes of all ages and levels can flourish.

Empower coaches and clubs to offer more support to athletes by creating an on-going discussion around the intersection of health and performance.

Expert guest speakers:

*Dr Nicola Keay (Sports Medicine Endocrinologist)
*Renee McGregor (Specialist Sports and Eating Disorder Dietitian)
*Panel discussion and audience questions with Dr Keay, Renee McGregor, climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk and Lattice coach Ollie Torr.

Read more about the speakers below. 

When and where:

4-6pm, 18 January at Awesome Walls, Sheffield.

Tickets:

This is not-for-profit event and the ticket fee will cover speaker costs. Tickets are £4 to BMC members or £6 to non-members.

Buy your ticket here

Follow the event on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/435298850736772/

 

More about the expert guest speakers

Renee McGregor BSc (hons) PGDIP (DIET) PGCERT(sportsnutr) RD SENr

Renee is a leading Sports and Eating disorder specialist dietitian with 20 years experience working in clinical and performance nutrition, with Olympic (London, 2012), Paralympic (Rio, 2016) and Commonwealth (Queensland, 2018) teams. She works with individuals, athletes of all levels and ages, coaches and sports science teams to provide nutritional strategies to enhance sport performance, manage eating disorders and over training.

She is presently working with a number of national governing bodies, including Scottish Gymnastics, Scottish Ballet and The GB 24 hour Running squad. She is the best-selling author of Training Food, Fast Fuel books and Orthorexia, When Healthy Eating Goes Bad.

She is the co- founder of  #TRAINBRAVE a campaign raising the awareness of eating disorders in sport and dance; providing resources and practical strategies to reduce the prevalence. In 2019 she collaborated with Dr. Nicky Keay and they have together opened the first Sports Endocrine nutrition clinic in the UK, looking at hormonal profiles in order to optimize health, training and sports performance.

Renee is on the REDS advisory board for BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) and sits on the International Task Force for Orthorexia.

Dr Nicola Keay BA, MB (Cantab), MB, BChir, MRCP

After studying medicine at Cambridge, Nicky was motivated to apply this understanding to sport & dance. As a Research Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital she was part of the international medical team developing a test for growth hormone doping in athletes. With sport medicine grants, Nicky researched training effects on the Endocrine system, which has resulted in research publications in Dance and Sports Endocrinology. Nicky recently wrote the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine educational website Health4Performance to raise awareness of RED-S.


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