Olympic gold medallist Shona teams up with goats
Dry Doddington Olympican Shona McCallin MBE has teamed up with a UK goat milk producer after finding cows’ milk and traditional dairy products caused her discomfort, impacting her tight training schedule and performance on the field.
Former KGGS student Shona, who struck gold with the ladies' Team GB hockey team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, is being sponsored by St Helen's Farm, producers of British goats’ milk products, on her journey to Tokyo 2020.
Shona said: “In 2014, my nutritionist advised me to give up cows’ milk products as I was in constant discomfort. I tried soya milk and other plant-based products but I just didn’t like the taste, it was such a struggle.
"I was thrilled when I found St Helen’s Farm, I feel so much better after I have started substituting in goats’ milk as it just seems so much gentler on my stomach. I love the taste and feel so much better now I can finally have all of my favourite things again.
“I have a busy schedule and for me balanced and healthy nutrition are fundamental for my training and performance. Milk in coffee and yogurt with granola are back in my morning routine. They help me to get the protein and energy I need first thing in the morning and before bed.
“I think it’s amazing that making such an easy change has had such a dramatic impact on my personal well-being and day-to-day life. I’m very food conscious and knowing that St Helen’s Farm milk comes from healthy, happy goats makes the great taste even better.”
Shona began playing hockey at the age of six and has since found herself on a rapid ascent through the ranks of elite international players and achieved her 50th combined international appearance for Great Britain and England during the Rio Olympic final, a historic night for the Great Britain Hockey team.