Diathlete Down Under Tour 2013

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Diathlete Down Under Tour

From 26th November – 17th December 2013 the Diathlete Down Under Tour took place in Melbourne and Adelaide with a series of events supporting type 1 diabetes.

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THE TOUR VIDEO!

MELBOURNE:
I became a Young Leader advocate in Diabetes for the International Diabetes Federation, representing the UK as one of 73 different countries, with over 120 members on the YLD Programme. Each member has come together to improve care, awareness and lifestyles for young adults living with diabetes around the world. It was incredible to be a part of this, leaders from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures united by diabetes and making a difference – we all got on like a house on fire! The training programme took place over 4 busy days from 28th November – 1st December, with a number of great activities and speakers involved in our sessions.

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On 30th November I appeared on the Type One Tonight show hosted by Jason Triggs at the South Melbourne Community Center. The show was all related to type 1 diabetes with a live studio audience viewing as the guests were interviewed by Jason on the sofa.

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From 2nd – 6th December the World Diabetes Congress 2013 took place in Melbourne, which was an incredible experience with a massive exhibition center and many detailed speakers sessions. For the opening ceremony the YLD paraded the stage!

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ADELAIDE:
I arrived in Adelaide on 7th December and on the morning of the 8th I was racing in a 5km Christmas Caper event with the South Australia Road Running Club. Made very welcome as a guest to the event by president Andrew Cassetti, I enjoyed the run showing that as a type 1 diabetic I can compete as well as anybody else.

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On Monday 8th December the tour was supported by the Adelaide sporting communities with a special thanks to Adelaide United FC who gave us a tour around the Coopers Stadium. I saw (unfortunately) the final wicket go at the Adelaide Oval in the 2nd Ashes test of Australia Vs England. Then went on to the AAMI Stadium which is the home of the Adelaide Crows FC (Australian Rules Football). The support from the sports world signals that the professional sporting communities do not discriminate people with diabetes, which in various areas of the world is something that needs to change.

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On Wednesday 11th December Diabetes South Australia hosted a Diathlete event to their group, where I was the guest speaker. Pleased to meet a great bunch of people in the group and the event went down very well!

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I took on Ultra Marathon number 31 of 2013 on Friday 13th December – a route that stretched 55km from the Ashton Oval to Semaphore Clock Tower, via the Adelaide Oval and West Beach. The run was tough going and with such a hectic schedule I didn’t quite have the time to prepare for it; however, had the fitness and experience in ultra running to pull through! My Blood Sugar levels on the whole were consistent mainly averaging between 8.0-9.0mml/l but I did have one Hypo incident early on in the morning after coming through the hills of Mount Lofty (the highest point in South Australia). Enjoyed the route but the sun did come out strongly and cause me some problems in the afternoon! Finished with a sprint though and it was all in aid of JDRF Australia. Donations can be made on THIS LINK HERE!!!

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The Diathlete Down Under Tour Itinerary

Date

Time

Event

Location

Association

26/11/13 07:00 Flight Arrival in Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
27/11/13 18:30 Young Leaders in Diabetes Arrival Dinner IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
28/11/13 07:30 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
28/11/13 09:30 YLD Training: Ice Breakers IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
28/11/13 11:30 YLD Training: What is YLD (intro)? IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
28/11/13 13:30 IDF Introduction with Sir Michael Hirst IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
28/11/13 15:00 YLD Training: Engaging with Media IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
28/11/13 17:00 YLD Training: Managing Diabetes & Diabetes Education IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 08:30 YLD Training: communications IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 10:00 YLD Training: Understanding Cultural Differences IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 11:30 YLD Training: Volunteer & Time Management IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 13:30 YLD Training: YLD Advocacy Training IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 16:00 YLD Training: Government Perspective on Advocacy IBIS Melbourne YLD Programme
29/11/13 17:00 YLD Training: Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 08:29 YLD Training: Social Media/Blogging IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 10:30 YLD Training: Ethnical Codes between Advocacy and Pharmaceutical Industry IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 13:30 YLD Training: Identifying Key Problems and Solutions IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 15:30 YLD Training: Life for a Child Programme IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 16:15 YLD Training: Atlas IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
30/11/13 17:00 YLD Training: Education to Achieve the YLD Mission YLD Programme
30/11/13 18:30 Type One Tonight Show, Live Chat Show Guest Melbourne Community Centre Type One Tonight
30/11/13 20:00 YLD Training: YLD Project Discussion IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
01/12/13 07:30 YLD Exercise Event IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
01/12/13 09:00 YLD General Assembly IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
01/12/13 16:00 YLD Excursion and Social Event Melbourne YLD Programme
02/12/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
02/12/13 08:30 YLD Training: Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
02/12/13 14:00 YLD Council Meeting IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
02/12/13 19:00 World Diabetes Congress Opening Ceremony Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
03/12/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
03/12/13 09:30 World Diabetes Congress Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
03/12/13 16:30 YLD Training: Debrief IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
03/12/13 19:00 Dinner With Sponsors Melbourne YLD Programme
04/12/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
04/12/13 09:30 World Diabetes Congress Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
04/12/13 16:30 YLD Debrief IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
04/12/13 17:00 YLD Training: Project Discussion IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
04/12/13 20:00 YLD Closing Programme IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
05/12/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
05/12/13 09:30 World Diabetes Congress Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
05/12/13 16:00 Young Leaders Projects Melbourne YLD Programme
05/12/13 17:00 Meet the Young Leaders Session at IDF Booth Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
05/12/13 18:00 Federation Square Event Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
05/12/13 20:00 Dinner With Diabetes Australia Young Leaders Melbourne YLD Programme
06/12/13 07:00 YLD Exercise Event Melbourne YLD Programme
06/12/13 08:30 Goodbye and Thank you meeting IBIS, Melbourne YLD Programme
06/12/13 10:30 World Diabetes Congress Melbourne IDF World Diabetes Congress
07/12/13 Travel to Adelaide Adelaide
08/12/13 08:00 5k Race, South Australia Road Running Club Adelaide SARRC Christmas Caper
09/12/13 10:00 Australia Vs England Ashes Test Match Adelaide Oval Diathlete Down Under for JDRF Aus
10/12/13 15:00 Adelaide United FC, Stadium Tour for Type 1 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Diathlete Down Under for JDRF Aus
11/12/13 19:00 Diabetes South Australia speaking event and Questions & Answers session Adelaide Community Centre Diabetes SA
12/12/13 09:00 Training Run Adelaide Diathlete Down Under for JDRF Aus
13/12/13 08:00 DDU Ultra 55k Run: Ashton Oval to Semaphore Clock Tower Ashton Oval; Montacute; Adelaide Oval; Adelaide Arena; West Beach; Semaphore Diathlete Down Under for JDRF Aus
14/12/13 Daytime Activity Adelaide Diathlete Down Under for JDRF Aus
17/12/13 11:00 Flight home from Adelaide (Via Perth & Dubai)

 

Donate Link to JDRF Australia: http://fundraise.teamcurediabetes.org.au/diathlete

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The Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme, International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

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The World Diabetes Congress Melbourne 2013, IDF
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