Athlete Tim Benjamin meets Heathermount students

PUBLISHED: 12:12 20 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:10 20 February 2013

Athlete Tim Benjamin meets Heathermount students

Athlete Tim Benjamin meets Heathermount students

Pupils from Heathermount School in Ascot spent an afternoon with former Olympic athlete Tim Benjamin to get some inspiration for creating their Olympic Dish, as part of British Food Fortnight.

Students in the cookery group met with Tim Benjamin, 400m Olympian, World and European Silver medallist and GB number 1 for seven years, at the Fitness Space Gym on Ascot High Street to talk about the kind of recipes an Olympic athlete might follow to get all the nutrients they need when competing at the highest level.

The challenge for the students is to create the definitive British recipe that is perfect for Olympic athletes and at the same time showcases the best of British food. Perhaps add some runner beans to help athletes run faster? Some Scottish salmon to help swimmers glide through the pool like a fish? Anything to help the athletes win gold and go home thinking that British food is the best!

If their menu comes up trumps Heathermount will receive a visit from a top Olympic athlete hoping to compete at London 2012. The athlete will give a talk about their fitness and nutritional regime and what life is really like in an Olympic athletes village!

Executive Head David Stewart said: A large number of students who enjoy spending time in the kitchen at Heathermount are studying for their catering qualifications. The competition will be incorporated into cookery lessons to ensure that everybody gets involved and understands the benefits of following a healthy diet.

Heathermount is a school for children and young people with high functioning autism and Asperger syndrome and is run by Autism Spectrum Partners, which is a division of The Disabilities Trust. To find out more about Heathermount and other services provided by The Disabilities Trust please visit

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