Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Goodness of milk is promoted by the cream of rowers

Olympic medallist Richard Chambers and Molly Clarke from Elmgrove PS celebrate the importance of milk for children on World School Milk Day

Olympic silver medallist Richard Chambers has a message for children in Northern Ireland: “Drink your milk.”

Well, it certainly didn’t do Richard any harm, did it?

Along with his younger brother Peter, the 27-year-old rower from Coleraine helped Team GB win silver at London 2012 in the lightweight-four event.

Ahead of a return to training in preparation for Rio 2016, Richard has teamed up with the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland. And yesterday, on World School Milk Day, he visited the Belfast Telegraph offices and celebrated the importance of milk consumption for children aged 3-11.

Following his success at the Olympics, the Coleraine man and milk ambassador has taken up a new challenge aiming to encourage a 10% increase in kids drinking milk by World Schools Milk Day 2013.

Currently, 60% of pupils in primary schools make use of the EU School milk scheme.

Richard drank bottles of milk every day in primary school and would like to see today's children doing the same.

“Growing up, drinking milk was a regular daily routine. It has continued to play an important role in my day-to-day health... and no doubt helped me on my road to success during the Olympic Games,” he said.

“It is really important for young children to have milk every day. That is why I am also calling for an increase in milk consumption in schools across Northern Ireland.”

While in the Belfast Telegraph offices, editor Mike Gilson presented Richard with a framed copy of the front cover of the Belfast Telegraph celebrating the Olympic medals won by the Chambers brothers, who are great role models for children growing up in Northern Ireland.

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