Lincoln City defender Ben Coker made his Imps debut just weeks ago after a year on the side-line caused by a serious knee injury in his final season at previous club Southend United, however, this battle is not the first big hurdle Coker has faced in his journey as a professional footballer.
Charles Planet has been part of Team Novo Nordisk for six years but has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 15 years, the professional cyclist tells Firstaid4sport about his journey from being diagnosed to competing around the world in the world’s first all diabetic cycling team.
Sam Brand’s life changed completely on World Diabetes Day in 2001 as at the age of 10 he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, although this diagnosis did not stop Brand from continuing to play football, basketball and compete in triathlons. Brand is now a professional cyclist who races for an all diabetic cycling team, Team Novo Nordisk.
Phil Southerland CEO & Co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk explains how being diagnosed with diabetes was ‘the best thing’ that ever happened to him.
Phil Southerland is the CEO & Co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk a pro cycling team with a twist, they are the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team. All the athletes who compete have type 1 diabetes and race to inspire, educate and empower everyone affected by diabetes.