Type 1 young rock
TWO local 11-year-olds were among 36 children with diabetes type 1 to enjoy a rock star-themed camp last week. For children aged 11-12, the week-long camp at Point Walter Recreation Centre in Bicton was a chance for Jasmine York, from Kensington, and Jaxon Mayo, of Kewdale, to connect with other children who had the condition. “I was really excited to meet other people with diabetes,” said Jaxon, who was diagnosed at the age of eight. “Now I’ve made a lot of new friends.” Jasmine, diagnosed when she was 11 months old, said her favourite activity was going in the swimming pool. The camp helps participants learn more about their condition, gain confidence managing it, and explore their independence. Along with learning sessions, the children took part in a range of fun physical activities including abseiling, rafting and a hotly contested air guitar competition. Princess Margaret Hospital, Diabetes WA and Sports Challenge Australia hosted the annual camp. Type 1 diabetes affects more than 11,000 Western Australians. There is no cure.
Jasmine York, from Kensington, and Jaxon Mayo, from Kewdale, show off the guitar and rock star T-shirts they made on camp.