“Since I first discovered Ollybars they have been an essential in my diet. Basically Ollybars have fuelled me through the most stressful and demanding 12 months I have ever encountered to date. Ollybars were in my suitcase when I went off to trials for World championships last April (2015); in my school bag last summer when I ploughed my way through 10 GCSE exams whilst continuing to train for 22 hours a week; in my bag and pockets at World Championships and at the British Nationals where I set a new European record for 100 Butterfly on the last day of the competition.
As always Ollybars played their part in satisfying my hunger - and anybody who knows swimmers knows that we are always hungry! I'm thrilled to say that I passed all of my exams (3 A*, 5 A, 2B- I didn't fail Further Maths!) and managed to not only qualify for the IPC World Championships- but returned home with 3 bronze and one gold medal!
A few months ago I was asked to trial Ollybars new Banana Brunch. I was certain that they would be fantastic- not only in terms of taste, but also in sustaining me through 2 hour training sessions every morning. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed so used Ollybars for the build up to the Paralympic trials. Having had 2 months out of the water I needed all the help I could get to hit those qualifying times and I knew that nutrition would be vital. If I was going to put my faith in any product, Ollybars was without any doubt at the top of the list!
After a tense few months of training, and an even more tense few weeks of waiting, I am delighted to announce that I will be joining 30 other Paralympic swimmers at the Rio Olympic Games. Once again Ollybars has been there every step of the way to support me. Not only that, but my Dad, who is a keen cyclist and, to be honest, a bit of a food snob, has also been converted and took a supply of Ollybars with him when he took part in the Vatternrundan, a 300km circuit of a lake in Sweden!
I am now in hard training ready preparing for the Rio Para Olympics and as always preparations include every aspect of my lifestyle and nutrition is closely monitored. Ollybars have been given the thumbs up by the nutritional team and they will be in my suitcase and poolside with me throughout the Paralympic Games.
"Ollybars were an absolute god-send on the rides, such a welcome break from the gels. I started handing them out to weary team mates and they commented how nice it was to eat something with actual whole foods" Dan