Working hard through adversity and achieving your athletic goals in addition to living with diabetes is a difficult and extraordinary thing. Today’s Champion Athlete With Diabetes is a prime example of that.
Our medal winner this time also gets the award (for now, anyway) of living the farthest away from me. Zoe Sole lives in Wellington, New Zealand, and her friend Carrie Hetherington sent me the nicest note:
Despite having diabetes myself and working out, I would actually like to nominate one of my friends, Zoe Sole.
Zoe is 23 and has had type 1 diabetes for 14 years, and she is one of the most inspirational and motivated people I know. She had to face 12 months of physical rehab training and also diabetes complications out of her control over the period of this year, but in true form she has completely turned everything around and aced everything, building back her muscle capacity. She still does some rehab work and it will take a while to completely get back to normal, but she is back to doing her extreme Crossfit and extra training on top of that. She works out every single day and lifts colossal weights, does gymnastics, swimming, half marathons etc
This is all on top of studying towards her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery here in New Zealand.
Basically, her athleticism and sheer determination with a positive attitude are beyond belief, she also manages to fit time in for her friends and others with diabetes.
I don’t think anyone could ask for more in a Champion Athlete with Diabetes. I would love to see her rewarded for the hard 24/7 work she puts into her training, and the impeccable blood sugars she has (she aims for perfection and she absolutely gets it!).
I don’t think I can elaborate on that any better. Living with diabetes is no fun. But working hard, persevering through the times when your body wants to quit, making your fitness the best it can be right now—that is special.
So I salute you Zoe! You are an inspirational example of what this effort is all about. And by the way, your friend Carrie is pretty nice to send in this request on your behalf.
Are you living with diabetes? Are you staying active? Would you like a medal?
I encourage you to click here, find out more, and send me an e-mail today.