Olympic boxing champ Nicola Adams pulled no punches as she joined students at a Sheffield school for a healthy cooking class.
Nicola, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, switched from sparring with opponents to chopping vegetables to make a nutrition-packed soup with the children.
Her visit to Pye Bank Church of England Primary School was the launch event for Get Set to Eat Fresh – a new programme to encourage Britain’s children to eat healthy, fresh food.
Nicola also hopped on a special ‘smoothie-cycle’ – a bike which produces vegetable and fruit smoothie drinks using pedal power – to show that healthy eating can be fun.
She said: “Get Set to Eat Fresh is a fantastic initiative to get Britain’s children making healthier choices and to think twice before picking up junk food.
“We want to share our stories of how we keep fit and healthy and, hopefully, inspire the next generation.”
With less than six months until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the boxer brought excitement around the Road to Rio to the school and educated the students about the importance of cooking and eating healthy meals – just like their sporting heroes.
Ahmed Hussain, a six-year-old pupil at the school, said: “We’d all like to say a huge thank you to Nicola for visiting us. We’ll be doing lots more healthy and active projects soon and will be cheering Team GB on all the way to Rio.”
The Sheffield school was selected by Team GB to receive the visit from Nicola as a reward for their hard work in using teaching materials from the programme.
Headteacher Maureen Andrews said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been selected for this reward and we are hugely grateful for Nicola’s visit.
“Get Set to Eat Fresh is a brilliant programme, which our students have found incredibly fun and rewarding.”
n For more information about Get Set to Eat Fresh, visit www.getseteatfresh.co.uk