I am so excited to launch the Type1Athletic logo today and it is extra special as it coincides with World Diabetes Day held on the 14th of November each year. I am proud to be a type 1 diabetic and it has played such a significant role in my life and who I have become over the last 20 years. I am looking forward to achieving greater things in the future, promoting diabetes in the community and what type 1 diabetics can achieve.
I have been inspired over the past 18 months through my own personal challenges to create Type1Athletic. These challenges have been both diabetes and sporting related and I have learnt so much about diabetes and tyring to compete at the highest level with non-diabetic athletes. I found over this period that there were no easily accessible resources available to assist type 1 diabetics with sport and exercise related topics. These are really important not only for athletes trying to compete at the highest levels but also for achieving better day to day diabetes management. I created Type1Athletic to try to provide this information and motive others to push their boundaries and achieve greater athletic goals.
So what does the Type1Athletic logo stand for?
Blue Circle – the International symbol and colour for diabetes
Finishing Ribbon – achieving the best that you can, you can be No.1
Type 1 Athletic – I have been inspired by Type 1 Diabetic athletes and I am a Type 1 Diabetic athlete
Live Life Active With Diabetes – promoting the importance of being active and healthy for the successful management of diabetes
I hope to get the Type1Athletic logo out there in community soon and I will be getting it printed on my training and racing apparel with a focus on the colour blue and the circle to promote type 1 diabetes. If you see me out there please come and introduce yourself and have a chat. I love speaking about type 1 diabetes, about cycling, triathlons and sport in general and most importantly to other type 1 diabetics. I look forward to meeting you!
World Diabetes Day is an international event to raise awareness about diabetes and is celebrated every year on 14 November. World Diabetes Day 2015 focuses on healthy eating, which is a key factor in managing type 1 diabetes and helping to manage and prevent type 2 diabetes. For more information see the International Diabetes Federation (IDF website) and the Diabetes Australia (DA website). Happy Diabetes Day!