JDRF T1 Youth Ambassadors showed their Olympic spirit at the first ever East of England Paediatric Games last Wednesday. Organised by Kate Wilson and Claire Pesterfield from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the event was held at the impressive Cambridge University Athletics Ground.
Alongside Team JDRF, over 250 under 16s represented teams from paediatric diabetes clinics across the East region. Activities included the 100m and 200m sprint, welly wanging, dodgeball and the long jump.
A courageous effort was made by Team JDRF, only narrowly missing out on a trophy, despite Ryan Midgeley’s winning turn at the bleep test, a test of endurance where runners compete to keep pace with the ‘bleep’. Highlights included a rain-soaked 400m relay and a photo finish between Rufus, JDRF’s infamous mascot, and Medtronic’s Lenny the Lion in the mascot race.
JDRF Community Relationship Manager, Simon Mitchell, said:
'A fantastic day was had by everyone, despite the unpredictable British weather, and I can’t thank the organisers and competitors enough. It was great to be part of Team JDRF and see our T1 Youth Ambassadors showing that type 1 diabetes does not stop you from being a great athlete. We would like to thank them for flying the flag for JDRF and type 1 and congratulate them for doing so well in the various activities.'
If you are interested in getting involved in sport and other activities visit the JDRF event pages to find your nearest event.