Athlete Katie Summerhayes

Eat like an athlete – Katie Summerhayes

Katie Summerhayes is a freestyle skier from Sheffield. Sports journalist Sue Mott asks her about the daily diet of a professional sports woman and how she keeps energy levels up whilst out on the chilly slopes...

What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?


I’ll usually have porridge in the morning for a good source of carbohydrate, which keeps me energised for the day.

It’s really hard on the mountain because you don’t get that much time to eat and you can only have cold food. We’ll normally have bananas and energy bars to keep topped up, or we might have a sandwich.

We’ll have a big dinner when we get down the mountain. I normally have something with eggspoached or scrambled.

How do you keep your diet varied and do you ever get bored with eating for your sport?

We travel to a lot of different countries so we do get quite a good variety of different foods all the time.

What’s your trusted snack for an energy boost?

A piece of fruit, usually a banana.

How do you stay hydrated when training?

I drink water and caffeinated drinks when I need an extra boost.

When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?

Chocolate cake – with ice cream or custard!

What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?

Try and eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time every day, try not to have anything that’s really bad for you and eat lots of fruit throughout the day. Also eat plenty of protein after you’ve been training to help rebuild your muscles.

Aside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?

I really enjoy going to the gym and getting my strength programmes done. We also do a lot of trampolining and that’s so much fun.

Do you have a favourite recipe you like to cook at home?

I’m not particularly good at cooking (though I like to think I am). I used to think I was good at poached eggs but then Anna Vincenti, another skier, tried making them for the first time and hers were better than mine. I was so embarrassed – i’d been boasting for ages about how good my poached eggs were!

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