A note from Lucy:
As part of our focus at Lucy Bee on a healthy lifestyle, we're keen to support athletes in various sports and this article from Hayleigh explores her world as a sprint canoeist.
Guest Blog by Hayleigh Mason
I am a full time athlete training for Rio 2016 as a sprint canoeist.
From an early age I was always very active and loved trying out new sports. For a long time I mixed it up playing a lot of team games then when I was at school I got scouted to try out for a girls’ footy team who were top of the league - West Bridgford Colts.
My dad got me to try flatwater kayaking as this is what he had always done. I went down to Nottingham Kayak Club, which is based on the river Trent, where I took my first few strokes in a boat which if I'm honest I absolutely hated!
The following year I went back and for some reason totally changed my mind and loved it. For a while I carried on with the football but there came a point where I had to choose which one I thought I could go further in.....so I chose kayaking.
My dad has always been my inspiration - he got to compete at the 1976 Olympic Games, which is a massive achievement and he has always been there throughout my career and always reminding me to enjoy myself.
I first got selected for the GB team when I was 14 and I haven’t looked back. It really is a dream job, I get to travel the world competing and training.
The training is super tough but is worth it when you get the results you have worked so hard for. I currently train 6 days a week, 2 -3 times a day and I go away on training camps abroad and for International competitions.
As an athlete what I put into my body is a high priority on a daily basis. Our nutritionist advised us to use coconut oil and I absolutely love it.
For now I love my life and continue to strive to achieve my dreams.
You can follow me on: twitter.com/hayleigh_mason
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