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World champion cyclist Dani King has breakfast with Bury school kids
BREAKFAST came with a twist at a Bury high school — when pupils ate their morning nourishment alongside Olympic gold medallist Dani King.
The world champion cyclist thrilled students when she came to Bury Church of England High to launch a campaign encouraging teens to eat a healthy breakfast every day.
The Better Breakfast initiative says more than one third (34 per cent) of teenagers start the day with energy drinks, chocolate and crisps, while 40 per cent skip breakfast altogether.
Southampton-born Dani, who won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the London 2012 Olympics, wants every school in the country to have a breakfast club like Bury Church’s.
The 22-year-old said: “The campaign’s statistics really shocked me — you do not think about children walking to school with a can of Red Bull for their breakfast.
“For me, breakfast has always been so important, not just physically but mentally because it is the fuel your body needs to get you through the day. As a cyclist, if I do not give my body enough fuel, I get to the stage when I cannot push myself any further.
Dani told pupils her preferred choice was porridge with fruit and berries. She added: “Skipping breakfast because you do not have the time should not be an option — even a banana or a pint of milk is much better than having nothing at all.”
Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is also supporting the year-long campaign — a partnership between Make Mine Milk and national charity BeatBullying.
Bury Church headteacher, the Rev Craig Watson, said : “All of us work better if we have had breakfast — so we encourage youngsters to have healthy options, but recognise it is more important for them to have something than nothing.”
Year 11 student Emily Kay, aged 15, and year seven pupil Olivia Zuniga, aged 12, were delighted to attend the breakfast club and chat to Dani. Emily, from Brandlesholme, said: “I come to breakfast club every day because it is a chance to meet up with my friends and catch up on homework.”
Olivia, from Radcliffe, also attends the breakfast club every day because a new school bus route means she arrives for her lessons early — and most days chooses a bacon sandwich.
She said: “It was an amazing opportunity to meet Dani because most people would never have the chance to speak to an Olympian.”
For more information on healthy breakfasts: go to bda.uk.com For more information on the Make Mine Milk initiative go to makeminemilk.co.uk
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