Ciara’s passion for Hockey
Ciara Quirk takes home another win!
Seventeen-year-old Hockey player, Ciara Quirk, recently brought home a win from the Australian Indoor Hockey Championship held in Wollongong, NSW. The Australian Indoor Championship took place at the Illawarra Hockey Centre from 5 – 25 January 2017, where she competed alongside her teammates. Ciara could not have done it without her Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System and Animas Vibe Insulin Pump.
In 2008, Ciara was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of nine followed by Coeliac Disease a few months later. She has played many seasons of outdoor, and more recently, indoor Hockey.
Ciara’s active lifestyle has led her type one diabetes to be a challenge during the night as she is not aware of her blood glucose dropping to dangerously low levels. This leaves her unable to wake up on her own and requires assistance.
When Ciara’s mum, Jane, heard of the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM CGM System that could be used with Ciara’s Animas Vibe Insulin Pump, an integrated system that could help Ciara continue her high intensity training schedule, Jane could not wait to know more. After trialing the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM with her Animas Vibe Insulin Pump, there was no going back for the Quirk’s.
Since Ciara started Dexcom and the Animas Vibe, she has been able to compete consecutively at one of the highest levels of competition at the National Championships.
In March, Ciara upgraded to the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System. With Dexcom G5 Mobile, you can share CGM data with whomever you choose, easily, from a smart device with the systems Share and Follow App. The Dexcom G5 Mobile has allowed Ciara easy access to her glucose data via the Share App whilst her mum has the ability to see Ciara’s levels via the Follow App, both on their smart devices. The Follow App allows Jane to always know where Ciara’s glucose levels are, where they are headed and where they are going.
Ciara is now able to attend complete tours with her teammates; including overnight stays. With the Dexcom G5 Mobile alarms and alerts feature, Jane is able to check and notify Ciara if her levels are low while she is asleep. This gives Ciara and Jane greater peace of mind.
The Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System and Animas Vibe Insulin Pump have been lifesaving and life changing technology for the Quirk’s. They have enabled Ciara to achieve her goals and continue to play her favourite sport, indoor Hockey.
This year, Ciara has brought home an individual Player of the Match Award, Lead Goal Scorer of the Under 18 Women’s Tournament, and Bronze Medal with her Western Australia team.
Ciara is a true type one diabetes legend. Congratulations on the win!