Channel People: Kaytee Boyd, Local Sportsperson & Nutritionist/Therapist
Eat, move and think healthy
Local sporting dynamo Kaytee Boyd focuses her energy on health and wellbeing
The sporting and business career of Takapuna-based nutritionist Kaytee Boyd is an interesting one. She has completed internationally in BMX, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling and most recently Track Cycling.
After just missing out on the New Zealand Cycling team for the recent London Olympics, Kaytee has now turned her energy to her health, wellbeing and life coaching business which is based in Takapuna, at Real Health in Lake Road, opposite Jerry Clayton BMW.
Her aim is to inspire and encourage people to attain the knowledge, ability and confidence to achieve exceptional health and wellbeing in their lives. She works with the autistic spectrum, chronic fatigue and illnesses, cancer, fat loss and generally helping people gain vitality and energy. She runs seminars and consults with the general public in basic dietary and supplementation needs to fun cooking classes and weekend retreats.
Kaytee, who now lives in Belmont, happens to hail from the same home town as the writer (Waiuku). Her sporting passion started at the age of five in Waiuku as a BMX rider. She admits to having ADHD as a youngster and was inspired by her dad Grant, who played league for the Kiwis and was a very good BMX racer and all-round sportsman himself. She raced BMX from age five to 16 and was good enough to win six national titles and competed internationally. During this period the dynamo also played netball for Auckland, was in Counties touch teams and was junior sportswomen of the year in her early teens.
She also got into the gym and started teaching aerobics at Waiuku before going to Otago University in Dunedin to complete a Bachelor of Physical Education (Exercise Prescription) B Ph Ed and a Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) B Sc.
She was encouraged by some friends to get into mountain biking and says one of the most satisfying wins was the first mountain-biking race she ever did (in 2007), which was the Matarangi Intrigue in the Coromandel.
"I had just started riding a bike and my friend convinced me to do this race. She was like 'oh it won't take long, it'll be a couple of hours, you'll be sweet'. So I borrowed one of her old bikes and entered this thing in the Coromandel. It had rained all night the night before then we turn up there and I was entered in the long race option. I got to the first drinks station about two hours into the race and I thought it was the finish line. I finally made it to the finish after about six hours and I won it and won a thousand bucks – which was just about the amount it cost to get the bike fixed because there was so much mud in the cables."
Kaytee then became one of the country's leading Mountain Bikers competing internationally in World Cup events and the World Champs. She toured Europe, sleeping in train and bus stations while she competed in Belgium and Germany. She did well at the World Champs in Scotland before turning her attention to road cycling just to prove she could do it all.
She came third in the National Road Cycling Champs and then went to Europe with the New Zealand team. That led to a spell riding with a professional team in Italy. She lived in Italy, riding for Selle Italia-Ghezzi, based just north of Milan. Her commendable results, included finishing fifth overall in the Route de France, the women's equivalent of the Tour de France.
The next step for Kaytee Boyd was track cycling. After thinking it was a bit of a bore, the introduction of BikeNZ's Power to Podium programme, aimed at producing more top female track cyclists, convinced her to dabble on the track. She had a phenomenal first year, in which she picked up two gold medals in World Cup cycling events. She also competed for New Zealand at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Along the way Kaytee has been the nutritionist for The Blues rugby franchise for two years, worked with Team New Zealand (America's Cup) and set up a busy clinic in Devonport and is now based in Takapuna.
The day we visited Kaytee she was preparing to take a group of cyclists she was working with on a two day intensive coaching course at Opononi in the North. As well as sharing her cycling skills and knowledge, her attendees would also learn about nutrition and supplementation with the main focus around what she calls "Eat, Move and Think Healthy". In addition Kaytee works in other specific areas, such as autism, chronic fatigue and stress. She gets referrals from doctors due to the success she is achieving.
"I am passionate about health and wellbeing," says Kaytee Boyd. "As a life coach in this area I focus on the big picture to assist those I am working with to adjust their lifestyles, make the right choices with food and cope with stress and related issues. My clients achieve some great results which gives me a great deal of satisfaction."
Kaytee Boyd, Biomedical Nutritionist, Excercise and Wellness Pofessional:
418 Lake Road, Takapuna, Phone 4893380 or