Gold medal winning Olympic athletes talk about health at annual Suffolk sports day

Team GB runner Helen Davies, Lisa Perkins (Director of BT Adastral Park) and Olympic rower, Helen Gl

Team GB runner Helen Davies, Lisa Perkins (Director of BT Adastral Park) and Olympic rower, Helen Glover Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Elite female athletes gathered at an annual sports day in Ipswich to talk about health, fitness and wellbeing as well as raise money for two Suffolk charities.

Employees at BT Adastral Park took part in a huge sports day on the premises Picture: SARAH LUCY BR

Employees at BT Adastral Park took part in a huge sports day on the premises Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The annual BT Adastral Park Sports Day brought together the 124 high-tech businesses located on the park and their 3,700 employees who competed in a range of fun activities including volleyball, giant jenga, walking football, boules, dodgeball and croquet.

Olympic gold medal winning hockey player Sam Quek MBE and Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover MBE were there, alongside Suffolk's own superwoman Andrea Thompson, who is fresh from a win at the The World's Strongest Woman competition.

England international rugby player Rachael Burford also featured, alongside Great British marathon runner Helen Davies.

The sports day was held in support of two charities, East Anglia's Children's Hospice and KickOff@3, a collaborative initiative set up to engage young people using sport, music and other imaginative ideas.

Olympic rower Helen Glover Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Olympic rower Helen Glover Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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Sky TV presenter Charlie Webster hosted a panel discussion with the elite female athletes on how working out smarter not harder delivers the best results.

The athletes revealed what they have learned from their DNA analysis with help from testing company Muhdo Health and how it made a difference to their performance through lifestyle changes including exercise regime, nutrition and sleep routine.

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Sam Quek, MBE and British Olympic hockey gold medallist commented: "I have recently learnt so much more about my body. Muhdo has showed me the links between my genes and my overall wellbeing and what I can do about it.

"If you can get your diet and lifestyle right, that plays a massive part in terms of everything else - energy levels, illness and happiness. Being able to measure my progress helps me stay in top condition."

Team GB athlete Helen Davies Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Team GB athlete Helen Davies Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

World's Strongest Woman, Andrea Thompson Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

World's Strongest Woman, Andrea Thompson Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Employees at BT Adastral Park took part in a huge sports day on the premises Picture: SARAH LUCY BR

Employees at BT Adastral Park took part in a huge sports day on the premises Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Richard Layton (Muhdo) with the World's Strongest Woman, Andrea Thompson Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Richard Layton (Muhdo) with the World's Strongest Woman, Andrea Thompson Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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