Posted on 17 November 2009.
Nothing should stop you from achieving what you wish to achieve. Even if it means you are a diabetes sufferer. People diagnosed with diabetes have climbed mountains, won Olympic medals and even held high positions. The following are the top 10 diabetics who have taken control over their condition and become famous athletes.
1. Wasim Akram – Pakistani Cricketer
Wasim Akram is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a left handed batsman and a left-arm fast bowler, who represented the Pakistani cricket team in Tests and One Day Internationals. Inspite of being a diabetic he achieved several milestones as far as the sport of cricket is concerned.
2. Arthur Ashe – Tennis – Wimbledon Winner
Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, was a professional tennis player. He won 3 three Grand Slam titles during his career. In spite of being a diabetic he is remembered vividly for furthering social causes.
3. Walter Barnes – Football and Actor
An American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Barnes played college football at Louisiana State University. He played professional football for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles before pursuing his acting career.
4. Sarah Bina – Championship Clogger
Sarah Bina in spite of being a diabetic became a champion clogger. An American folk dance, clogging is similar to tap dancing. It involves making rhythmic tapping sounds with the feet. The tapping sounds are emphasized with the use of special shoes. These usually are soft leather shoes with hard soles and attached metal taps
5. Ayden Byle – Runner
A world-famous runner, Byle is one of the most well known diabetics in North America after having run 6521.5 km’s across it. He was the first insulin dependent diabetic to achieve this feat. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated by him for cure research and he is popular for his contributions to his non-profit charity – The Ayden Byle Diabetes Research Foundation.