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Young people living with Type 1 diabetes recently 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 in September at Seagoe Parish Centre in Portadown. 

A number of successful sports people 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. 

Special guests Gavin Griffiths, founder and president of DiAthlete, professional cyclist Thomas Raeymaekers from Team Novo Nordisk and Dublin GAA player Kevin Nolan, with those that attended the Southern Trust hosted Type 1 diabetes and sport event.
Special guests Gavin Griffiths, founder and president of DiAthlete, professional cyclist Thomas Raeymaekers from Team Novo Nordisk and Dublin GAA player Kevin Nolan, with those that attended the Southern Trust hosted Type 1 diabetes and sport event.

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 everyone to exercise to keep them healthy. 

“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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