Discipline is something typically learned or taught to athletes at a young age. It’s something most successful athletes become more dedicated to as they get older. For some athletes discipline is imposed upon them. Such was the case with Jordan Ivanyshyn.
Jordan is 17, lives in St. Vital, and is going into Grade 12 at Glenlawn Collegiate. He has a sister, Kennedy, and his mom and dad are Tracy and Darren. Jordan is a strong student, and a darn good hockey player. Last year Jordan was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic.
"Last May I was feeling normal, working out hard and following my diet but was neither gaining nor losing weight. I was drinking about five bottles of water a night and was going to the washroom constantly. I was at a ball hockey game with a friend whose whole family is Type 1 diabetic," Ivanyshyn recalls.
"With his help I checked my blood sugar level. It was supposed to be in the 4-7 range and mine didn’t even register on the machine that went to 35. We went straight to the Children’s Hospital. Right there I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic."
None of this has slowed down Jordan one bit.
"I have to be very organized and really stick to my diet. It could be worse, much worse. I manage it. It’s not that big of a deal so long as I stay on top of it."
Jordan is very dedicated to his training and diet, both of which he gets from Elite Performance.
This is a big year for Jordan.
"In August I will be heading out west to attend the Prince George Cougars camp in the WHL.
We’ll see how that goes.
"If I’m sent back I will play for the Selkirk Steelers."
I asked Jordan if he had any advice for young athletes who are diagnosed or have to deal with diabetes.
"Stay on top of it. Stay in front of it," he says. "Treat your sugar levels right, keep your sugar levels where they need to be. Be disciplined."
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies. If you know of an athlete whose story Troy should tell, contact him at: email@example.com