Success on a plate for Jamaican athletes

Grace Foods UK, the UK’s leading supplier of Caribbean food and drink, is taking extra interest in Jamaican athletes’ performances in this year’s IAAF World Championships, having played a key part in their build-up to the year’s most prestigious athletics event.

Chef Karl Thomas with Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake

In conjunction with parent company GraceKennedy, Grace Foods UK provided the meals and nutritional support for the Jamaican athletes and officials at their Birmingham training camp, ensuring the athletes could enjoy their favourite authentic Jamaican dishes.

Andrea Coy, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods – Domestic, said that GK Foods was happy to partner with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

“GK Foods was pleased to again provide such critical support to the nutrition and well-being of our athletes, ensuring that the athletes and team officials enjoyed quality Jamaican food and we strongly believe that this will assist them in performing at their best. We have always been proud and excited about the very positive feedback and appreciation from the athletes,” said Mrs Coy.

Adam Reader, Managing Director of Grace Foods UK, said the company was delighted to have supported the Jamaican athletes in the run-up to the world championships.

“Diet and nutrition plays a key part as athletes prepare for major events and we’re pleased to have provided food and drink which supported the nutrition and wellbeing of Jamaican athletes, hopefully enabling them to perform at their very best as the word’s eyes are on them in London,” he said.

Jamaican chef Karl Thomas was on hand at the camp, ensuring that the athletes and team officials enjoyed quality Jamaican food.

Dr. Warren Blake, JAAA’s President, said: “Partnering with Grace has been a mainstay in our approach to keeping our athletes happy and nutritionally sound in the lead up period to major events on their schedule. This allows our athletes to perform at their optimum. This has, in no small part, contributed to our excellent all-round showing at the last two editions of the Olympic Games. We are hopeful that the partnership will continue to have a positive impact on our performance at this World Championships,” stated Dr. Blake.

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