DIAthlete to inspire diabetics

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Teenagers and young people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will next month be told that the condition doesn’t have to stop them from fulfilling their dreams.

‘DIAthlete’ Gavin Griffiths, an ultra endurance athlete, will be visiting here from May 6 to 8th with the aim of inspiring young people with type 1 diabetes at events in Ballymena, Belfast and Lisburn.

Dubbed ‘the DIAthlete, he’ was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8, when he was informed that his dreams in sports would be affected. Now, Gavin is recognised across global diabetes communities for being ‘the DIAthlete’ – an ultra­endurance athlete taking on the extreme to show any dream is still possible whilst living with diabetes.

Next month’s programme of events is as follows: Friday 6th May (from 7pm) Ballymena (location tbc) ­ Inspirational talk from Gavin who will tell his story, packed with adventure, good humour and travels which provide a global insight to the world of diabetes, sporting accomplishments.

Saturday 7th May (from 10:30am) Cavehill ­ Walk/hike and picnic with Gavin on hand to give advice. Saturday 7th May (from 3pm) Knocknagoney Church of Ireland Church Hall Family afternoon with BBQ.

Sunday 8th May (from 12:30pm) Wallace Park, Lisburn ­ DiAthlete Education Programme. These programmes represent an initiative to educate, encourage and empower diabetes communities with fun and active sessions, to explore how the body reacts in various forms of exercise and coach the best methods of keeping stable blood glucose level control, before, during and after your sporty days!

For details email diathletebelfast@btinternet.com or phone 07904 034026.