Olympian visit nets plenty of interest

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Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook offered some expert advice to a handful of Albany’s youngsters at Middleton Beach this week.

The five-time beach volleyball Olympian was in town to share some of her stories and to promote the Live Out Loud Foundation, which aims to reduce child obesity in Australia.

Cook stopped by Middleton Beach on Tuesday morning to run a skills session and said she was blown away by Albany’snatural beauty.

“I’ve heard how great Albany is and I’ve often wanted to see it for myself,” she said

“They claim they have the best beaches in the world and I think they’re pretty close.”

The 42-year-old said the LOLF had a three-pronged approach to childhood obesity.

“I just want to encourage kids to get outside, get active, be healthy, and in Albany, it’s the perfect lifestyle for it,” she said

“There’s a few ways to tackle childhood obesity; one is the food we put in our mouth, two is get out and move and three is self-esteem.

“I love beach volleyball because there are lots of high fives and lots of encouragement — I want to encourage kids to be themselves, to be proud of who they are, and to get outside and play lots of sport and to pick healthy foods.”

Cook and volleyball partner Kerri Pottharst became household names after their gold medal win at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

She has since gone on to start her own business and write two books.

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