‘Diabetes and Sport’ event for local children a huge success

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Young people living with Type 1 diabetes attended an event where they learnt from professional sport’s people living with type 1 diabetes that having the condition needn’t be a barrier to actively enjoying sports and exercise.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust hosted the ‘Type 1 Diabetes and Sport’ event, on Saturday 14 September in Seagoe Parish Centre in Portadown.

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



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

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 hosted this event as we wanted 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.



“A special thanks to Gavin, Thomas and Kevin for coming along to the event and for their words of encouragement to not just children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes but for everyone to exercise to keep them healthy.

She added, “We hope that it has helped inspire our children and young people and has given them the knowledge to manage their diabetes whilst exercising.”



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