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Hi Everyone,

Champions, every one of you!

I was reading recently about World Diabetes Day and its Champions - a title given to people around the world who lobby and implement change for better care and prevention of diabetes. Noble stuff. The American JDRF One Walk (Turning Type One into Type None) has Champions for a Cure raising funds for that fantastic worldwide charity. Great work. Then I came across Diabetes UK, who have both Community Champions, doing the excellent work of raising awareness and improving care in Britain's ethnic communities, and Clinical Champions, a network of healthcare professionals dedicated to finding solutions to problems in treatment and provision for people with diabetes around the country. Far more specific work and clearly of much benefit.

But I like the words of Ellen Malcolmson, President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association: 'Anyone involved in the diabetes community, from patients to parents and friends, to doctors and researchers, is a Diabetes Champion.' We've got some stories below of type 1's who have achieved a great deal athletically and they're certainly champions, but I think anyone who lives with type 1 diabetes, battling every day with unpredictable blood sugar levels and tackling hypos, is worthy of the grand title. And those who recognise that they will have better health if they exercise and take steps to get fit - knowing type 1 will make that quite a challenge - raise themselves to a higher level in my view, no matter how well they do in their physical fitness or how successful they are in managing their diabetes.

When you engage with type 1 diabetes it's quite a monster you take on. It can do you a great deal of harm. Just because you don't look like any of the characters from Lord of the Rings, doesn't mean you're not dealing with something that's as scary as anything Middle Earth has to offer. And so, as a community of active type 1's, I believe we make up a very grand confederacy of champions.




  • Fun Run/Walk/Ride: Get a Tan this weekend
  • Melbourne Marathon: Big day out for active HypoActives
  • Competition: Photos flooding in


  • Ultramarathon success: Gary's report
  • Km4Kids: Deb Ludeke's huge challenge
  • DAV: Day session on travel





This weekend at the Tan

Event Date: 30th Aug 2015

This Sunday John Thompson is once again hosting our marvelous get-together of type 1's who know the benefits of getting active in the best possible company - plenty of other type 1's. Two days before the start of spring, HypoActive runners, walkers and bicycle riders are meeting to take on the high profile, central Melbourne loop - The Tan. 

The meeting point is on the corner of Birdwood Avenue and Domain Road, in the park (9.30 am SHARP!). Coffee afterwards at Domain Brasserie, right across the road at about 10.30 am.

As always, all welcome, regardless of fitness levels and you determine how far you want to run/walk/ride and how fast. The surface is mainly smooth gravel and shaded for its entire length by magnificent trees. You can bring a bicycle and ride here or take one of the riverside options for a good pedal while the HA runners take to the Tan. And of course you're also welcome to join the group after the activity at the cafe.

If you can come along or would like to know more, please get in touch with John here.



HypoActive Team Event

Event Date: 18th Oct 2015

This year is the 38th Melbourne Marathon, now an icon event for Australians of all fitness levels. The event caters for everyone: there's the traditional, grueling 42.195 km; a halfie; a 10 km option; 5.7 km for the strong, but not so long; and a fabulous 3 km course for those who either want to run what they can or just walk to get active and maybe raise some money for one of the event's nominated charities - or a charity of their own choosing (could be HypoActive!).

John Thompson, our indefatigable Fun Run organiser, is once again orchestrating our Melbourne Marathon team this year (thanks John). If you're thinking of joining in with this huge Melbourne day of exercise then please get in touch with John here. He'll let you know how to register as one of our team - and we'd love to have you on board!

Register or check out the event website here: Melbourne Marathon Festival.

Check out the HypoActive webpage here.



Last month I had the pleasure of announcing our competition for the best photo - any kind of photo - that features any HypoActive gear. Since then I've had an inbox jammed with megapixels and have been fighting off photo fatigue in my efforts to run through all the submitted snaps. Well done and thanks everybody.

Pictures have been of a supreme quality, but I'm not sure if I've yet got the winning image. So don't distress, it's not too late - you can still brave the clamour and send in your favourite shot. The guidelines are simple: we want the most inspired and engaging image, which will be decided by the full and highly discerning HypoActive committee. Tech stuff is not important - anything from your phone is good, including selfies. We just want to see that logo. The prize is stupendous - $100 worth of HypoActive gear. Anything you want. 

So get snapping! Send your pics straight to me: Gavin.





Read the Report

Readers of last month's newsletter will remember the news that Gary Gaffel, HypoActive team member from Brisbane, was about to take on the River Run 100, Brisbane's ultramarathon - ten 10 km loops along river paths and over bridges. HypoActive Facebook followers will have seen Gary posting of his success just over a week ago.

Only 16 of the 24 starters finished this event. Gary came in 8th place overall, 2nd in his category. Fantastic job Gary - well done!

Proud family. Top type 1 dad.

Gary has written an excellent, detailed report of his experience. Check it out here.



​Deb Ludeke's Amazing Challenge

Tassie type 1 Deb Ludeke is organising a great event and taking on one of the biggest challenges you could possibly imagine. She's planning to run from Launceston to Hobart to raise funds for young Tasmanians who live with type 1 diabetes.

She's also, in partnership with Medtronic, set up an event that you can join in with right from your own living room. Part of Km4Kids, the Virtual Fun Run is something you can register for and then send in all your recorded efforts, whether you're cycling over mountains or just skipping in your backyard. And all of this activity is to raise money for insulin pumps for young type 1's.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. This is not just a fantastic effort, it's a fantastic cause.

Check out Km4Kids here.



Travel Well with Diabetes

Event Date: 12th Sep 2015

Travelling can be a part of staying active. Getting to events can be a long haul, for some of us that means getting half way round the world. There are many other reasons for travel, though, and these days it's very much a part of normal living. But for people with type 1 diabetes, simply changing time zones can present unique and challenging difficulties.

Travel Well with Diabetes will be a day of interactive information sessions covering the practical considerations of travelling with diabetes. There will be two sessions running for both type 1 and type 2 attendees covering topics such as healthy eating, exercise, diabetes management. The day will also include presentations given by members who have had extensive experience travelling with diabetes.

For more info or to book a place go to the Diabetes Australia Victoria event webpage.

Flying With Diabetes

This is a British group that brings together pilots with type 1 and type 1 children. Flying With Diabetes (FWD) aims to inspire and advocate positive messages about living and flying with diabetes. They do this by carrying out exciting aviation speed records, organizing FWD Days and FWD Weekends at aviation museums and airfields for children, adults and families with insulin-treated diabetes. All activities raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

You can read more about them here.


That's all for now.

All the best,