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Lea’s book launch and sports nutrition in schools

March 8th was a special day for Lea Stening with the launch of her new book How to Grow an Athlete: From Playground to Podium at Scorpio Book shop in Christchurch. It also marked the start of her sports nutrition talks to parents and athletes in high schools.

It was wonderful to have Margaret Foster director of Motivationz launch the book and cracking nutrition jokes in her usual hilarious and entertaining style.

Margaret is an ex Silverfern and netball coach whose business Motivationz provides quality coaching programmes in netball, swimming and rugby. Alongside sports programmes Motivationz offer youth mentoring services. Lea has worked with Margaret over the years and it was great to have her with us.

Dayle Hadlee was also front of stage at the book launch. As a test cricketer and coach Dayle set up the NZ Cricket Academy at Lincoln in 1996 and Lea worked with Dayle for 8 years offering nutritional education programmes to developing cricketers and the Black Caps. Lea credited Dayle with encouraging her to enter the realms of Sports Nutrition 26 years ago which proved to be a life changing decision.

Special thanks to Publisher Quentin Wilson who MC’d the event and to Ray Shipley and the team at Scorpio Bookshop for hosting the event, selling books and ensuring a great night was had by all.

School Book Tours

This week also saw Lea begin her book tour and free Sports Nutrition Presentations for parents and athletes at High Schools in Christchurch. Beginning with St Margarets, Rangi Ruru and Burnside High School other schools will be visited this month namely St Andrews College, Cashmere High and Christ’s College. These talks have been well attended with heaps of questions that have focused  on how to fill the nutrition gap for energy and nutrients when developing children exercise.

  • Do contact Lea if you are interested in hosting a talk at your school soon.
  • Books are available from book stores throughout NZ or contact Lea and pay online. Postage is free within NZ.
  • More details about the book and RNZ interview

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