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Sports Dietician, Western Bulldogs

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“…I thought it was really important that they get the nutrition knowledge that they needed.”

The Bulldogs won a premiership in Claire Saundry’s first full season with the club. That’s an impressive debut for anyone in sports nutrition and Claire may even get to repeat it after she put her hand up to work with the Bulldog’s new AFLW team.

Sports Dietician for the Western Bulldogs, Claire Saundry, checks for body fat percentage

A footy player herself (not in a good division, she jokes), Claire knew that info of nutrition at club-level footy, where many girls were recruited, can be low. She wanted them to get the right advice around allergies, food intolerances, iron anaemia, body composition testing, skin fold tests and developing nutrition plans.

“Working with the girls has been really rewarding because they really want to see you and they really want to get a lot out of nutrition and they’re appreciative of your time” she says.

Most of the girls leave the house at 7am, work a full 9-5 then head to training and don’t get home til 10pm so they really need to know how to eat well. Claire consults one on one with players and also holds group talks

“If they don’t know how to fuel their bodies correctly, they’ll be rundown, they’ll be sick, they won’t be able to train properly, they’ll get to the start of the season and be completely shot to pieces, so I thought it was really important that they get the nutrition knowledge that they needed” she says.

As for the rest of us, Claire’s advice is stick to the outside walls of the supermarket (where the whole, natural foods are) and limit the aisles.

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