Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE becomes FitBites Ambassador


Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE becomes FitBites Ambassador

Jessica Jane Applegate MBE, International Swimmer, Paralympic Gold Medal Winner, British World Record Holder has become our newest FitBites Ambassador. We are hugely chuffed to say the least! We asked Jessica a series of questions to get to know her a little better;

What motivated you to get into swimming and why do you love it?
My mum taught me to swim when I was very young, I live very close to the sea & rivers & she always said it was an important life skill. I had lots & lots of energy as a child, I got into trouble at school because of this but the more I swam the more energy I used up! Swimming is my space, my place when I can dream about anything, it’s so quiet under the water & I really love that.

How do you mentally prepare for a big competition?
The big competitions are fun & I have to control my excitement more than stress. I find it difficult to keep an ongoing strong mind set for the months of training going into a competition & that’s where I am very lucky & have the full support of my coach, family & friends.

What thoughts raced through your mind as you were presented with your Paralympic medal?
I had only just turned 16 years old when I won Gold in 2012 & I really dont think even I knew what was really happening. To win at any event is amazing but a home games is such an amazing experience. When I won two silvers & a bronze in Rio I was incredibly pleased & proud but the competitive side of me was already planning my training schedule as I wanted Gold like everyone does as that’s the goal we aim for.

FitBites “Bite Back’ project encourages kids to become more active and try a sport. Why would you recommend kids give sport a go?
I recommend everyone to give sport a go & that’s any sport. It’s fantastic for keeping fit & healthy, the more active you are in the day the better you sleep in the evening, it helps you to meet people & become part of a team, it gives you responsibilities & disciplines, it’s great for mental health & my favourite……..the more I exercise the more I can eat 😊

What is your favourite FitBite flavour and why do you like them?
FitBites are awesome! They are the perfect size for a quick & convenient snack, they contain natural ingredients & are full of flavour. My favourite is Orange Maca and Cacao Nibs, it is so zesty & tastes & smells really refreshing.

We look forward to supporting you Jess and seeing you win more of those medals!

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Interview with Emma Boers, GB Polo player and FitBites ambassador

Interview with Emma Boers, youngest Team GB Polo Player

How old are you and where do you live?

Interview with Emma BoersI am 22 years old, and I live in Midhurst, West Sussex. Most people probably don’t know a lot about polo. Can you enlighten us on the rules?

I would say it is quite similar to hockey, but played on horses. There are 2 teams of 4 players, chasing a ball around the field at a gallop. The aim being to score as many goals as you can, whilst avoiding your opponent.

How did you find your way into the sport? And why do you love it?

Interview with Emma Boers- I love it because of the Adrenaline, the excitement and the horses. There’s nothing that beats the feeling you get at the end of a good match. I first watched polo on the TV when I was 11, and that was it, I was hooked. It became my dream to be a lady professional player. I worked my way up through Pony Club Polo, and at 15, I got my first amature job, and it grew from there.

How do you train for matches? Mostly on the horse, or in the gym, too?

It is a mix of both. Mainly I train on the horses, as it is important to make sure they are fit and performing at their best as well as myself. I combine this with 4 training sessions a week at the gym, focusing on strength conditioning. Polo is a male dominant sport, so it’s important I keep strong! I need to be able to give the guys some competition on the field.

How far can you go with competition-level polo — nationals? World championships?

Playing for England in an International Championship is a great achievement in terms of career goals. I was lucky enough to represent England When I played in South Africa for the England Ladies Team in 2015, it was an amazing experience. Although I would have to say, the ultimate achievement for any polo player would be the Queens Cup or Gold Cup. The two highest rated tournaments in England, they represent the toughest polo and you would be playing alongside the best of the best.

Tell us how you came into contact with FitBites, and what you like about the product…

I noticed FitBites on Twitter, and I wanted to give them a try as I was looking for a quick, easy snack, which I could eat on the go to a game or the gym. They give me all the right nutrients which is important, as I’m constantly on the go between the stables, matches and training and I don’t have much time to prepare healthy snacks.

Got any favourite FitBites products? What about the SuperBlends, tried those yet?

I have tried most of them, my favourites are the Super Reds and the Protein Hitt. I eat them daily! I haven’t tried the Superblends yet, but I look forward to receiving them in my next FitBites package.

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