Meet Champion Athlete Derval O’Rourke at NDC’S Ploughing Stand - Day 1

Meet champion athlete Derval O'Rourke at NDC's Ploughing Stand H234 20 September 2011 Athy Co Kildare

Champion athlete Derval O’Rourke will be at The National Dairy Council stand to meet members of the public on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co. Kildare.

Visitors to the NDC stand (No. 234, Row H, Block 3) on Tuesday 20th September, 2011 will have a chance to meet Derval O’Rourke between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Twice during the day (11.30am and 1.45pm) visitors can also hear Derval in discussion with Dr. Catherine Logan, Nutrition Manager at the NDC. It is a chance for anyone of any age with an interest in sport or general fitness - at any level - to hear about Derval’s top training tips as she prepares to represent Ireland in the 2012 Olympic Games; and to get tips about the role of diet and nutrition for athletes training and competing at any level.

The NDC interest is fuelled by the growing awareness of the role milk can play in sports nutrition, supported by scientific research pointing to the way the natural components in milk could play an important part in hydration and in muscle recovery during training and competitive sports.

The National Dairy Council expects to have other well known athletes on its stand for the remaining days of the National Ploughing Championships* to answer questions about their training routines and diet (* for Twitter updates, follow @ndc_ie - daily timetable available on the NDC stand).

Test Your Skills & Cheesy Smiles

The NDC stand at this year’s Ploughing Championships will also include a Basketball Court where you can test your skills and be in with a chance to win daily prizes.

The NDC interactive ‘Photo Booth’ returns by popular demand, where you can enter a free competition for the best “Cheesy Smile” which a chance to win a Digital camera each day of the Ploughing. The NDC Butter Queen will give you a flavours of the delicious flavour of cooking with Irish butter, with her short-bread biscuits.

Of course if you have general questions about the role of milk and dairy as part your family’s diet or the health benefits associated with milk, then don’t miss the NDC stand, where you can talk with the experts - – The Experts in Dairy. Naturally.

More About Derval O’Rourke…

Derval O’Rourke, from Leevale Athletic Club, won Gold at the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow; has won silver medals for Ireland at the European Track & Field Championships in Gothenburg in 2006 and again in Barcelona in 2010. She won bronze at the World University Games in Turkey (2005) and the European Indoor Championships in Turin (2009); and has represented Ireland in the World Athletics Championships in Berlin (2009) taking 4th place.

Derval, who works with Coaches Sean Cahill and Terri Horgan, is an Irish Record Holder for Senior 100m Hurdles Outdoor, Senior 60m Hurdles Indoor, Senior 50m Hurdles Indoor, U-23 100m Hurdles Outdoor; and U-23 60m Hurdles Indoor. She also holds a BA in Sociology and Geography, HDip in Business Studies and MSC in Sociology of Sport and Exercise.


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