Canadian to attempt world first

QUEBEC, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Sebastien Sasseville, a 30 years old Canadian, will attempt on November 22nd 2009 to become the first and only type one Diabetic in history to have both completed an Ironman race and reached the summit of Mount Everest.

In completing an Ironman on November 22nd, Sebastien Sasseville would accomplish a feat all the more challenging for a person dependent to insulin, but most importantly, would demonstrate 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 will participate in the 2009 Ford Ironman Arizona, in Tempe in the United-States.

Sebastien Sasseville became the first Canadian with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes to summit Mount Everest on May 25th 2008.

November is Diabetes month in Canada. More than 2.4 millions of Canadians have some form of Diabetes and over 200 000 of them have type one (juvenile) Diabetes. Canada has the third highest prevalence rate of type one diabetes in children 14 years or younger in the world.

Sebastien Sasseville currently resides in Quebec City.


For further information: For further information: Sébastien Sasseville, (418) 473-8550; Christian Sasseville, (418) 596-2743

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