AN Olympic dietician has spoken with pride of the moment she saw four of her proteges bring home top medals.
Jeanette Crosland, of Cartmell Road, St Annes, worked for 10 years with the Team GB canoe slalomists who romped home to victory winning gold and silver medals on Thursday.
Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, along with David Florence and Richard Hounslow beat Slovakian champions Pavol and Peter Hochschorner in the men’s canoe double.
Mrs Crosland, 54, worked with the four athletes as teenagers as a sports nutritionist, advising them on the best performance food, but moved on to other sports eight years ago, knowing they were on the brink of stardom.
She said: “With two teams in the final I couldn’t have missed it.
“I spent a big chunk of my life with the canoe slalom team, since they started out with a lot of promise.
“This has been the highlight because we’ve never had a gold medal.”
The mother-of-two has worked with Olympians and Paralympians for 12 years.
She added: “We’ve tried to bring on a group of youngsters in slalom and it’s paid off. To see it is great.”
Mrs Crosland remembers fondly travelling to European and world championships with the teams.
She said: “They’re big lads and they’ve got a huge appetite.
“We were training in Slovakia and I had to go out to buy food each morning. I got abuse for buying too much food in this little village.”
She is now preparing to travel down to the Paralympics later this month to work closely with the Team GB goalball team who she has high hopes for.
Though Mrs Crosland has prepared athletes for the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics and Paralympics, this will be the first one she attends.
She said: “The team are very new but they’ve got potential.
“They’ve done fantastically well. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”