PUPILS at Kemnay Academy took part in the Champions in Schools Programme last Wednesday, (February 12), when they were visited by Fiona Duncan, Para-Cycling Tandem Pilot.
The Programme, supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), saw Aberdeen based Fiona, who won a silver medal in the 2011 Para-Cycling Track World Championships and competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, deliver an interactive workshop to pupils, followed by cookery demonstrations.
The cookery demonstrations, which showed pupils that it is easy for anyone, no matter how busy, to prepare healthy, nutritious food in a hurry, encouraged pupils to ask questions, participate and taste the end result - Scotch Beef steak fajitas.
Throughout 2014 thirteen athletes will each visit one of 500 schools involved in Winning Scotland Foundation’s Champions in Schools programme. A healthy, balanced diet is an key message conveyed by the athletes who also educate pupils on how to set and achieve goals, appreciate the value of hard work and adopt a positive, winning attitude.
“I’ve really enjoyed chatting to pupils today,” said Fiona. “Through the workshops and cooking demos, I’ve hopefully encouraged them to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits which will help them reach their goals in life whether that’s on or off the sports field.”
Jennifer Robertson, Quality Meat Scotland’s Health and Education Coordinator commented: “We are delighted to continue our support of the Champions in Schools programme for the sixth year.
“The programme is a great extension to our existing health and education activities including our Red Meat Voucher scheme for schools, our free cookery demonstrations and our Go for it Scotland! Bursary.