England star Vicky Fleetwood: Questions and answers

World Cup winner Vicky Fleetwood gives The Sport Review some of her nutrition secrets

1) What are three of your favourite pre-work out meals and what are their benefits?

I like to have eggs or porridge for breakfast depending on what sessions we have up first. Either are good if we have a long morning as they usually stop me from feeling hungry half way through our session, with porridge releasing energy slowly, and eggs being protein and helping with satiety. Lunch, and before our afternoon session, I like something light so a chicken salad or chicken and veg is a go to for me! I don’t usually have carbs at this time as they can make me quite lethargic.

2) What are three of your favourite post-work out meals and what are their benefits?

After training in always starving, but straight after, around 3pm, I’ll have milk or a shake. This is to get a quick protein hit straight after training. As a snack, I enjoy a banana with peanut butter. This is great for replenishing glycogen stores. My evening meal will consist of meat, veg, and I like sweet potato with it sometimes too. We want to be eating nutritious foods, and they’re for a purpose. The meat gives us the protein we need, the veg is packed with nutrients to keep us healthy and the sweet potato has low gi so releases carbs slowly into our bloodstream and so is a good choice for the evening to keep us going through until morning.

3) How has your life changed since winning the Women’s World Cup last year?

We have been invited to lots of cool things that we may not have done otherwise. I’m also lucky enough to now be centrally contracted, so rugby is now my job, however, this wasn’t on the back of the World Cup win.

4) What was the most memorable game of that tournament for you?

The final of course! I’ll always remember the feeling leading up to it, warming up, walking out onto the pitch, singing the anthem, and both Danielle and Emily’s tries!

5) You made the switch from hurdler to rugby player earlier in your career. What inspired that choice?

They offered rugby at my school and I enjoyed team sport, already playing netball and hockey. Rugby gave me everything I wanted in a game, and I had lots to learn so was always (and still am) improving with every session or game.

6) What words of encouragement would you give for girls/women thinking about taking up rugby as a sport?

There are so many different styles of rugby, that it’s worth giving it a go. No matter what you feel your strengths are, there is a position for everyone. If you don’t enjoy the contact side of things, there is touch or tag which are brilliant fun. There are plenty of teams that now have women’s sides, or touch leagues run across the country so it’s becoming far easier to get involved too.

Vicky Fleetwood was speaking to The Sport Review on behalf of The Reebok Sports Club. To become a member, find out more information here.

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