‘DIAthlete’ in Wallace Park

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‘DIAthlete’ Gavin Griffiths, an ultra endurance athlete will be at Wallace Park in Lisburn on Sunday 8 May with the aim of inspiring young people with type 1 diabetes.

He will be running a DIAthlete Education Programme from 12.30pm where teenagers and young people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will be told that the condition doesn’t have to stop them from fulfilling their dreams.

Organisers are appealing for as many children and young people with type 1 diabetes to come along and benefit from Gavin’s many years of experience.

Dubbed ‘the DIAthlete’, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, 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 ultra-endurance athlete taking on the extreme to show any dream is still possible whilst living with diabetes.

Gavin was an ‘inspiration’ when he visited Belfast last year to run some informal speaking events and take part in training sessions with some of young people.

He will also be appearing at events in Ballymena on Friday 6 MAy and Belfast on Saturday 7 May.

A spokesperson said: “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.

“These programmes provide great opportunities for children and their families to meet, network and share their experiences.

A ballot held throughout the weekend will be drawn at Wallace Park on Sunday.

For further details about any of the events please email diathletebelfast@btinternet.com or phone 07904 034026.