World Diabetes Day Celebrations

Georgia Egan climbing the ropes on the Leeuwin II.
Georgia Egan climbing the ropes on the Leeuwin II.

CURRAMBINE 14-year-old Georgia Egan faces many challenges in managing her type 1 diabetes but last year she faced a new one when she put her sea legs to the test on Perth’s resident tall ship Leeuwin II.

Georgia was one of two participants sponsored by Diabetes WA to sail on the Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge voyage for young people with limitations.

On the voyage, which ran over World Diabetes Day, the young crew was tasked with setting and handling sails, scrubbing the decks, taking the helm, galley duty and keeping watch at night.

“It was an amazing trip and a really good opportunity,” Georgia said.

“I have gained knowledge not only about sailing and ships but about different people and how they handle their disabilities.”

Georgia, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nine, said her favourite activity was achieving her goal of climbing to the top of the 33-metre main mast and going out onto the bowsprit, which she described as “peaceful with a gorgeous view”.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation marketing communications manager Ashleigh Tapper said Georgia “embraced not only her own personal challenges but also tackled every challenge aboard the voyage with incredibly positive attitudes”.

To help fund a place for a young person with type 1 diabetes to attend this year’s voyage, email community@diabeteswa.com.au or call Deanne on 9436 6204.