‘Milk it for all it’s worth’ – Sports Nutrition Seminar

Milk it for all it’s worth’

Sports Nutrition Seminar

Thursday 13th October 2016

The MAC, Belfast

The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland invites you to attend their sports nutrition seminar on the evening of Thursday 13th October at The MAC, Belfast

Head of Performance Nutrition at the Irish Institute of Sport, Dr Sharon Madigan and Olympians, Team GB women’s hockey player Dr Hannah MacLeod and Team Ireland 1,500m runner Ciara Mageean will share their practical sports nutrition insights from Rio 2016.

 Sharon is Head of Performance Nutrition at the Irish Institute of Sport and is responsible for delivery and coordination of nutrition services for elite Irish athletes across a range of sports, including the High Performance Boxing Team since 2003. She was the Olympic Council of Ireland Nutritionist for Team Ireland at the 2012 Games and for Rio 2016. Sharon has previously worked with Ulster Rugby and a number of County and Club GAA teams. She is also a part-time lecturer in Sports Nutrition at Dublin City University, and a community dietitian.

Hannah has enjoyed international success with England and GB Hockey winning medals at the World Cup, Champions Trophy, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. London 2012 was her first taste of the Olympic Games as a bronze medallist; at the Olympics in 2016, she made the step to the top of the podium as part of the gold medal winning team. Hannah also has a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Nottingham Trent University and continues to work as a performance nutritionist for A Word On Nutrition.

Ciara is a middle-distance runner. She won silver medals at the World Youth (2009) and Junior (2010) Championships and in her first senior international competition finished 10th in the 1,500 metres at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Portaferry woman Ciara’s career is going from strength to strength: she won a bronze medal in the 1,500 metres at the European Athletics Championships in 2016 and qualified to represent Ireland at the Rio Olympics reaching the semi-finals.

Dr Emma Cockburn from the University of Middlesex will present an update on the role of milk for muscle recovery.
Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at the London Sport Institute at Middlesex University. She is programme leader of BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. Previously, Emma worked at Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer following the completion of her PhD in 2010. Emma’s research interests include recovery interventions following strenuous exercise including the use of milk, cryotherapy and hot water immersion. Emma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist.


The seminar will be chaired by Ruth Wood-Martin, IRFU Head of Nutrition.
Ruth has worked as a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years. She is a registered Sports and Exercise Nutritionist (SENr UK), and is a Professional Member for Nutrition with the Irish Institute of Sport. She currently works full time as the Head of Nutrition with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). Ruth leads a team of IRFU Performance Nutritionists across the island of Ireland and works directly with the National Senior Men’s squad on nutrition education and supplementation as well as advising on catering schedules, hydration and recovery strategies.


It will begin at 5:30pm, with refreshments available from 4:45pm, and finish at 7:30pm. Please download the invitation for full programme and speaker details.


There is no charge for this event. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Bookings should be made no later than 7th October 2016.

To reserve your place, please fill out our online booking form below, or respond with your details via email to sportsnutrition@dairycouncil.co.uk 


For further information or queries please contact:
Dr Carole Lowis on 01751 430 158 or the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland on 028 9077 0113 ex 221


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