Western Australian children living with type 1 diabetes are being given the unique opportunity to train with ultra-marathon athlete Gavin Griffiths thanks to a partnership between Diabetes WA and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

Despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an eight-year-old, Gavin has accomplished over 70 ultra-endurance feats across five continents of the world, including once running 30 marathons in 30 days across the length of the United Kingdom.

A passionate advocate for sport and exercise and torchbearer for the 2012 London Olympics, Gavin runs Diathlete Sports Clinics throughout the UK and is visiting Perth to share his knowledge with the diabetes community and use his experiences to inspire others.

Young people aged 10–17 with type 1 diabetes are invited to attend the free sports clinic taking place on 18 March in South Perth and, according to Diabetes WA Communications and Marketing Manager Deanne Dymock, it is an opportunity not to be missed.

“Being able to learn from someone who has achieved such incredible feats despite living with diabetes doesn’t happen every day so I would encourage families to get involved and come along.”

“Gavin’s Diathlete clinics are designed to engage and encourage participation in sport activities and demonstrate that anything is possible when living with the condition – and he is certainly proof of that!” said Deanne.

Parents will also have the opportunity to hear about Gavin’s experiences at a special Diabetes Research and Information Update being held on Tuesday 14 March. The evening event will focus on technology and physical activity for young people living with type 1 diabetes and will feature presentations from Gavin and the PMH Diabetes Research Team.

For more information or to register for the Diathlete sports clinic or Information Update, please contact Jarnia Davies at Diabetes WA on 9436 6242 or email community@diabeteswa.com.au