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.
Support from the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders!
THE TOUR VIDEO!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
The Diathlete Down Under Tour Itinerary
|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
The Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme, International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
The World Diabetes Congress Melbourne 2013, IDF