Sunday, 29 July 2007

Swimmer and her insulin pump make history

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A female swimmer from Nova Scotia made history yesterday morning. Jennifer Alexander, a 32-year-old veteran distance swimmer, completed a round trip swim of the Northumberland Strait between New Brunswick and PEI in less than a day.

Ms. Alexander has diabetes and wanted to raise awareness of the disease. She dove into the Northumberland Strait Wednesday around 9:00 a.m., returning early Thursday morning. No small task, this 26-kilometer swim took a little less than 20 hours (a tad over 16 miles). My fifth grade math textbook projected the United States would switch to metric by 1980. What a crock.

Jennifer was pretty wet, but her waterproof insulin pump stayed dry. The Strait is at its warmest in July, a chilly 16 degrees Celsius -- 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit to us Americans. Jennifer checked her blood sugar about every half hour during the swim. She is gunning for the English Channel in 2009. Love it!

Hey Jennifer, make sure you negotiate a sizable testimonial advertising contract with your insulin pump manufacturer before the Channel. A big congratulations on your stellar accomplishment. Anything is possible with diabetes, especially for athletes. Don't miss Diane's earlier post on technology advances to keep athletes with diabetes in the game.

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