Chia Bia is very proud to be involved in sponsorship on a local and national level. We provide sponsorship and funding to help both individuals & teams achieve their goals, and create mutually beneficial partnerships.
Grow HQ & GIY
We are delighted to join the Grow HQ ‘Grow Circle’ and become a sponsor of GIY. GROW HQ, is the home of the GIY movement, it opened in Waterford in September 2016, creating over 20 jobs and helping GIY to support over 100,000 people each year to live healthier and more sustainably by growing some of their own food. This sponsorship ties closely with our mission to help people live healthier lives and we look forward to working together for the next three years.
Niall is an International 800m athlete, Sports Science Graduate and Medical Student at University Of Limerick. Chia Bia are supporting Niall as he takes a year out of his medical studies, to pursue his hopes of representing Ireland in the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio.
Here’s what Niall says about Chia Bia
“I am an 800 metre runner, when I was on a scholarship in the States in 2009 I sustained a very severe injury; I had nerve entrapment in both of my feet called Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. The injury required peripheral nerve surgery and I had a lot of pain with it. I was told that I would never be able to run again. That forced me to think about the different way that the body can heal itself and especially about nutrition.
The recovery from those surgeries required a lot of nerve regeneration but also getting blood flow to those areas so as well as physical mobility exercises I started looking at ways that I could improve the quality of my circulation or blood flow. That would have been when I first came across Chia Bia seeds.
Upon reading about the benefits of Chia Bia seeds I started using them as a drink each day to try to reduce the inflammation and generally improve the blood flow the peripheries of the ankles. I knew that Chia Bia seeds could improve circulation and about their anti-inflammatory effect and also that they contain omega 3 and healthy fats.
Now I also take Chia Bia seeds as a replacement for sugary sports drinks and unnecessary pick me up snacks. I take Chia Bia seeds in a full glass of water as a low calorie fuel and in my porridge in the morning!
I’m in heavy training at the moment, for the All Ireland Senior Athletics Championships in July. I still get flair ups but considering that I was told that I might need a hip replacement and it was unlikely that I’d ever run again, the world was over for me; I’ve been running well for nearly a year now and the results are going really well.
I am studying Medicine in University Limerick but I have a very holistic view to healing, combining medicine with exercise and nutrition is my philosophy now. Eating clean, natural raw products like Chia Bia seeds is the ideal way to receive nutrients. Make sure you have the right stuff going in is very important and it’s very natural for me to be able to talk about the benefits of Chia Bia to my life.”
Michael is a GAA All Star, All Ireland Winning Kilkenny Hurler & Captain and a Lecturer in Nutrition and Coaching with Setanta College.
Here’s what Michael says about Chia Bia
“Nutrition goes hand in hand with performance. If I haven’t fuelled my body with the right nutrients then I’m exposing myself to a decline in my performance. I have taken comfort in using Chia Bia seeds with my meals as it helps absorb water in my muscles and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates which I use as energy. During the summer, cramps are always a danger and once again the Chia Bia seeds which contain magnesium help reduce this issue for me”.
Marc Roosli has reignited his windsurfing career after a 17 year break! Marc has been applying his skills to surfing and wave sailing and has had a number of successful races including the Irish Slalom Series in Malahide.
Here’s what Marc says about Chia Bia
” I use one to two large spoonfuls of Chia Bia seeds in Greek yoghurt with nuts granola and dried fruits for breakfast every day. On race days I complement this with a Chia Bar and plenty of water each time we get back to shore. We can spend up to 6-7 hours on the water in a day of racing with very few breaks in between. It’s very hard to stay hydrated and keep the energy levels constant in those conditions but Chia Bia definitely keeps me going for longer.”