A Canadian achieves a world first - Sebastien Sasseville completes an Ironman

QUEBEC, Nov. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Sebastien Sasseville, a 30 years old Canadian, successfully completed the 2009 Ford Ironman Arizona yesterday in Tempe, in the United States. In doing so, he became the first and only type 1 Diabetic in history to have both completed an Ironman race and reached the summit of Mount Everest.

In completing an Ironman, Sebastien Sasseville once more accomplished a feat all the more challenging for a person dependent to insulin, but most importantly, showed that the most severe form of Diabetes is no obstacle to living life to the fullest. To Sebastien, "nothing is impossible, regardless of the obstacles life throws at you".

The Ironman is the longest form of triathlon. The race consists of swimming 3,8 km, cycling 180 km and running a full 42,2 km marathon, all in less than 17 hours.

Sebastien Sasseville became the first Canadian with type 1 Diabetes to summit Mount Everest on May 25th 2008.

November is Diabetes month in Canada. More than 2.4 million Canadians have some form of Diabetes and over 200 000 of them have type 1 (juvenile) Diabetes. Canada has the third highest prevalence rate of type one diabetes in children 14 years or younger in the world and this rate increases by 3% to 5% each year.

After finishing the race, Sebastien stated: "My biggest satisfaction is to know that my success at the Ironman might bring hope and inspiration to people living with diabetes, and especially to youth living with type 1 Diabetes. I hope it shows that even the biggest obstacles can be overcome".

Sebastien Sasseville currently resides in Quebec City.

SOURCE SEBASTIEN SASSEVILLE

For further information: For further information: Christian Sasseville, (418) 596-2743; Sebastien is available for phone interviews this morning.

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