Blue Circle Champions

IDF's Blue Circle Champions are high profile individuals who have been touched by diabetes in one way or another.

We look to our Champions to inspire the over 382 million people living with diabetes today and bring awareness to this silent killer.

Bas van de Goor, Olympic volleyball player

I want to inspire other people with diabetes to have an exciting life full of sport.

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Billie Jean King, professional tennis player

I’m not going to let my diabetes get in the way of living – and enjoying – a full and complete life.
Charles Mattocks aka The Poor Chef

I want the world to see the faces afflicted with diabetes. Not just the numbers and statistics. I want everyone to see the fear that is felt, the courage it takes and the tears, smiles and hope.
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Charlie Kimball, IndyCar driver

Being a Blue Circle Champion gives me an opportunity to inspire others to keep pushing toward their own dreams and goals. When I strap into the race car, I know I have the whole diabetes community behind me and I'm going for the win for them.

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Gary Hall Jnr. , Olympic swimmer
I want everyone in the world to have access to the care, medication and tools necessary to manage diabetes and live their own dreams.
Josu Feijoo, professional climber and astronaut

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Never stop dreaming.

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Jerry Gore, professional climber

I want to convince and inspire people with diabetes across the world that we are all one family and that the best way to learn to deal with our own condition is by helping other members of our family. In this way we will understand and believe that all people with diabetes can live a full and productive life, and that truly DIABETES IS NOT AN EXCUSE!

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Kelli Kuehne, professional golfer

The more you know about diabetes the better equipped you will be to do all the things you aspire to do.

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Kris Freeman, Olympic cross-country skier

Diabetes does not have to stand in the way of your dreams.
Miguel Paludo, NASCAR racer

Learning that my son has diabetes has taught me that everything happens for a reason. I believe that my diagnosis eight years ago was to prepare my wife and I to take care of Oliver and teach him how to manage his diabetes.

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Missy Foy, elite marathon runner

I was told that a person with diabetes couldn't run ultramarathons with the best in the world.

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Phil Southerland, founder Team Type 1

My dream is to wake up in a world where no single person goes blind from diabetes.  We must provide  insulin, test strips, education & empowerment to each and every person with diabetes around the world.  That is my life, that is my mission, and with YOU, we can achieve it.

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Sam Talbot, Chef

Diabetes has helped mould me as a person. I am who I am today because of diabetes, and frankly, I would not want to have it any other way.

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Sean Busby, professional snowboarder

I try to think of my diabetes as a best friend…meaning that until a cure is found my diabetes will always be there—just like a best friend. 

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Sir Steve Redgrave, Olympic rower

I decided very early on that diabetes was going to live with me, not me live with diabetes.

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Wasim Akram, Professional Cricketer

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