AMSL Diabetes Ambassador Neil
Crossing For A Cause!
We first met Neil at the 1st ever annual Sports & Exercise Weekend. As an eager attendee, he came to learn more about how diabetes could influence his performance in competitive road cycling, his greatest passion. This weekend presented various studies and clinical evidence that showed the interactive nature of diabetes, sports/exercise and overall health. Among a group of like-minded Type 1 Diabetes athletes, Neil was hungry for more and left the weekend feeling motivated and ready to utilise this information to better his performance.
Neil is 37, a father, a partner, a Customs Broker and AMSL Diabetes’ first-ever ambassador. He not only lives with T1D, but also has Coeliac disease and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Neil has always been physically active, using his commitment to fitness to help manage his T1D.
Neil’s project, Crossing For A Cause, proposed he would ride solo from Perth to Sydney to demonstrate that T1D does not place absolute limits on a person’s capacity to achieve remarkable goals, or ultimately, enjoy life to the fullest.
In preparation for his journey, Neil relied on the Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System to assist in training – “Cycling for me used to be fraught with unpredictable blood glucose levels and events. Thanks to the Dexcom G5 Mobile, I’m able to replace uncertainty with assurance and enjoy what I love doing.” He planned to use this technology throughout his ride from Perth to Sydney, further using the OneTouch Verio IQ Blood Glucose Meter to enter calibrations for his Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system.
With much dedication, planning, training and assistance from the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system, Neil then set out on his ride.
And as of April 15th in 2018, Neil achieved this mammoth task, cycling solo from Perth to Sydney – a staggering 3986km distance covered!
He arrived into sunny Sydney at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Sunday afternoon (April 15th, 2018), with a group of supporters eagerly waiting to cheer him on and congratulate him on this great achievement.
In accomplishing this, Neil is among a select and elite group of athletes to have completed the crossing on a bike, even more so being one of few living with T1D to do so. Through Crossing For A Cause, Neil was able to achieve his primary objectives in:
- Raising awareness for T1D, in turn highlighting the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle to manage one’s diabetes.
- Raising funds for the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre to provide further support to members within the T1D community.
- Utilising Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM technology to demonstrate the effectiveness and essential nature of this device in managing his T1D.
To rediscover Neil’s journey, visit Crossing For A Cause!