Dealing with diabetes with a smile on your face: “Someone is not looking through an insulin syringe” | the valley

Sports day dedicated to children and youth with diabetes. On Saturday, sports and exercise students from Dulon College allowed young diabetics to play soccer and kick boxing together at Van der Knaaphal in Ede.

With small steps, Nurali (8) heads toward the pillow. The gaze was fixed on Abdi Aden, who is holding the pillow and smiling encouragingly for Nurali. Her eyes turned toward the pillow he was taking care of with two small fists shortly thereafter.

Nurali is one of dozens of children and young adults who are taking part in Sports Day today. This is organized in the hands of the students of the Sports and Aerobics Program at Dolon College. They focus specifically on children and young adults with type 1 diabetes.

An advantage of a sports day targeting these specific target groups is that participants who exercise together learn about things in each other. ‘Someone is not looking out of an insulin syringe’, as an example, Sylvain de Bruyne.

“I do it for my daughter, even if I have to go to Maastricht.”

De Bruijn came to the sports day with his partner Annemarie and children Noralie, Adeline (5) and Toon (3). The family is happy to make the trip from Akersloot in the North of Holland. “I do it for my child, even if I have to go to Maastricht,” it seems decidedly.

Daughter Nurali is the only one with diabetes in her primary school. ‘Kids who have known her since kindergarten know this of course,’ says De Bruyne. “But the new classmates look strangely at the sensor on her arm.” Thanks to the sensor, her blood sugar level can be measured via an app.


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Nurali sometimes asks me why she’s the only one in the class with diabetes

Sylvain de Bruyne

Nurali had never seen such surprised looks today. ‘It’s good to connect with children today, who have the same,’ says De Bruyne. “Nurali has now reached an age where she realizes she is different because of her diabetes and she has to learn to accept that.” She has had diabetes for three years. “She sometimes asks me why she’s the only one in the class with diabetes.”

Better mood than sports

Parents also note that playing sports has a positive effect on her body. “Through exercise, Nurali can reduce the need for insulin injections,” says De Bruyne. “It even happens that she has to eat after a workout.”

Nurali also gets in a better mood after a workout. You become more nervous when they are high in sugars. ”The trampoline offers the solution. Nice hop in the backyard, then it will be so much better again.

Liv Gorius also enjoys the Sports Day held by Dolon College. © Hermann Stover

Today, Nurali enjoys herself on kickboxing cushions. Sister Adeline also joined us for a pillow test. While she managed to hit her, she continues to look at student Abdi Aden with a smile on her face.

Today, Eden helps fellow students of Sports and Aerobics, who organize the Sports Day as a practical task in their training. We saw this smile on everyone’s face, says Stan Onink of the student organizing team. “It gives me energy again.”

Bas van de Goor Foundation

The students had the opportunity to organize the Bas van de Goor Foundation Sports Day, which aims to move diabetic patients towards a better quality of life. “We want to use clinics like this to show that exercise and diabetes can go hand in hand,” says Anne Krass of the foundation.


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With clinics like this we want to show that exercise and diabetes can go together

Anne Krass, Foundation for Bas van de Goor

Diabetes exercise can be both high and low. For example, the former Olympic volleyball champion and director of the Bas van de Goer Foundation was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 20 years old. ‘But the exercise you love is also easily accessible,’ says Kras.

On a day like today, everyone is the same

Kras also sees the advantage of allowing people with diabetes to exercise together. “If someone at a gym was the only person with diabetes and had to measure hypoglycemia, that person would be immediately disqualified,” she explains. “On a day like today, everyone has the same thing, everyone is the same and everyone can have fun together.”

The sports day was preceded by a day of seminars and workshops. ‘Friday was theory, today was practice,’ sums up lecturer Steve Andes of Dolon College. In the morning, children up to 12 years old go to kickboxing and football clinics, followed by teenagers from 13 to 17 years old.

educational sports day

Onink finds it beneficial to hold this sports day specifically for young diabetics. “I was still unfamiliar with children with diabetes,” he says. “Children should regularly measure their blood sugar levels while exercising.” Diabetes nurses monitor this during the sports day.

The collaboration between College Dolon and the institution crystallized when a former student came to tell us about his work at this institution at College Dolon. Sports day may continue. “We will evaluate it and if the cooperation is reciprocal, it could turn into a recurring event,” Andes said.


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We will evaluate it and if the cooperation is reciprocal, it may turn into a recurring event

Steve Andes, Lecturer at College of Dulon

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