Sean Busby’s Diabetes Heroes Series: Gavin Deutscher

Posted by sean on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:05 in

In a series of 12 episodes, Podder Talk is featuring interviews between professional snowboarder Sean Busby and inspirational people in the diabetes community. In the eleventh episode, Sean interviews Gavin Deutscher, an 18-year-old volunteer with Riding On Insulin. If you have a diabetes hero you’d like us to spotlight, please email

Gavin Deutscher is 18 years old and has had type 1 diabetes for seven years. Sean first met Gavin many years ago when he was giving a diabetes presentation in Canada. During that presentation, Gavin recalls Sean speaking about not allowing type 1 diabetes to hold you back and the importance of following your passions and goals. Gavin took that advice and turned his passion for snowboarding into a career. Gavin has now been a snowboarder for 12 years and is going into his fourth year as a snowboard instructor (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 2 and Park 1). When not on the mountain, Gavin can also be found studying Information Technology and living in Ontario, Canada.

Since being diagnosed with diabetes, he has never let it hinder or limit him. He won the Ontario Provincial BMX number 1 plate, was Most Valuable Player on six sports teams, was the Student Athlete of the Year, and was a member of the regional All-Star teams in basketball and football during his High School career. Gavin simply loves all sports, but his true passions are snowboarding, backcountry canoeing and camping. He loves nothing more than landing a new trick or mastering a new snowboard skill, in addition to meeting new friends on the slopes wherever he goes. There is no doubt that whatever the future holds, snowboarding will be a major part of his future as well as being part of Riding On Insulin.

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