Starboard rider and professional water woman Fiona Wylde was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes three years ago. Since then she has gone on to win a Stand Up Paddle Racing World Title and has placed second in SUP Surfing two years in a row.
After the diagnoses she finds it important to stay true to her dreams and most importantly stay positive. Whatever hurdles that get in the way, Fiona believes that there is always a way to overcome them. That’s how she manages her Diabetes and the way in which she approaches each of her SUP competitions.
Fiona explained “It’s been three years since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I would be lying if I said life was easier with Diabetes, but I sure have learned many lessons, most importantly to take care of my body and to put importance on the things that I love. I love the water and sharing my passion for the water with others! Competing is one of the ways that I have learned to share many experiences, trips, and have made many friends competing on different world tours for windsurfing and stand up paddling”.
She further adds “Regardless of what hurdle gets in my way, whether it be health, life, or whatever it may be, I hope to continue to follow my dream and encourage others to do so! There are so many people who have encouraged me and helped me along my journey! I thank all of you for your kind works and time! Let’s keep having fun, loving life, and turning dreams into reality! See you out on the water.”
Great work Fiona! Check out Fiona at this weekends race at Bilboa, where Starboard rider Fiona will be looking to build on her 3rd place last weekend, a performance where she showed why she is regarded as the most complete athlete in the sport.