Canadian kids with diabetes to compete in international soccer tournament

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TORONTO - Eleven Canadian kids living with Type-1 diabetes will have the chance to compete in an international soccer tournament in Lausanne, Switzerland later this week.

They'll be among 150 children from 13 countries participating in the fifth annual Junior Cup Diabetes tournament in Switzerland's Olympic Stadium from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26.

This is the first time Canada has a soccer team competing in the event.

Type 1 diabetes — formerly known as juvenile diabetes — is usually diagnosed in children and teenagers. It occurs when the pancreas can't produce insulin, a hormone that controls the amount of glucose or sugar in the blood.

Nine-year-old Matthew Wrobel from Mississauga, Ont., is one of the young players heading to Switzerland. He wears an insulin pump and manages his diabetes with an extremely active sports life.

The players will have a chance to meet soccer champion Christian Karembeu and Olympic gold medal volleyball player Bas Van de Goor, a fellow athlete who lives with diabetes.

The tournament is sponsored by Medtronic, a medical company specializing in diabetes management.

Organizations: Medtronic

Geographic location: Switzerland, TORONTO, Lausanne Olympic Stadium Canada Mississauga

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