In the latest edition of the Irish Examiner Magazine Supplement in association with Mi Wadi 0% Sugar focuses on Diabetes Awareness, Eoghan Quinn highlights that “Diabetes won’t prevent you from living life to the full once you plan ahead and manage it property”
Waterford native Eoghan Quinn (31) now living in Scotland was four when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Eoghan will be kitesurfing 275 miles (almost 450km) from France to Ireland, in association with Diabetes Ireland this summer. This epic journey will involve kitesurfing for over 16 hours straight.
The only concern is the weather and that “somebody tried this journey before but did not succeed”.
Subject to the weather conditions, this adventure will proceed at the end of June or early July. Eoghan will be kitesurfing behind a Ballycotton Sea Adventures boat which will ease his path breaking the waves for him. A crew of six will also include medical support.
“I have a waterproof insulin pump and full support from the crew on the boat. We will manage the risk and we won’t put anyone in danger. We just want to show people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
Eoghan also has experience managing projects and assessing risk, and manages the global wind energy business of Worley, one of the worlds’ leading renewable energy companies.
He previously cycled 6,000km on a 42-day trek from Galway to Gaza raising funds and awareness for diabetes and neonatal care. Furthermore while living and working in Australia, he cycled from Melbourne to Sydney in support of Aboriginal healthcare and diabetes.
Eoghan will post regular updates on his instagram and twitter accounts @eoghanquinn1 and he would also like to acknowledge @tourismireland for all their support.
As part of his challenge, Eoghan is also hoping to raise funds for Diabetes Ireland and to show that having Type 1 diabetes is not a barrier in achieving your dreams…
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