Young people invited to attend ‘Diabetes and Sport’ event

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Monday, August 12th, 2019
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Young people living with Type 1 diabetes are invited to attend an event where they can learn from professional sportspeople living with type 1 diabetes on how to enjoy and achieve their maximum potential with exercise and sport.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is hosting the ‘Type 1 Diabetes and Sport’ event, on Saturday 14 September between 3 pm and 6 pm in Seagoe Parish Centre in Portadown.

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Their aim is to inspire and encourage young people to know that having diabetes needn’t be a barrier to actively enjoying sports and exercise.



A number of successful high-level with Type 1 diabetes will speak at the event of their achievements whilst managing their condition and provide education and practical advice on managing Type 1 diabetes as high level athletes.

These include Gavin Griffiths, founder and president of DiAthlete, professional cyclist Thomas Raeymaekers from Team Novo Nordisk and Dublin GAA player Kevin Nolan.

Speaking to Newry Times, Dr Sarinda Millar, Consultant Paediatrician for the Southern Trust said, “We look after around 300 children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes across the Southern Trust and our aim is to have a continually developing service responsive to their needs.

“We want to motivate, inspire and support our young people and their families to not let diabetes stand in the way of anything they want to do in life.



“Having diabetes should not prevent anyone from participating in and enjoying sport and exercise. We encourage not just children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes but everyone to exercise regularly to keep them healthy.

“We do understand that many young children with diabetes and their parents worry about managing diabetes and sport and this is the main driver for the event.

She added, “We hope it helps to encourage and inspire our children and young people and give them the knowledge to manage their diabetes whilst exercising.”

To find out more or to register your attendance, contact Glenda Pickering Tel:  028 3756 2472 or Email:



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