Podcast Ep 04 – Diabetes in the fast lane with April “Apes” Welsh

Episode Summary

Today I met up with Type 1 racing ninja – April Welsh at Barbagello race way in Wanneroo, Western Australia.

April “Apes” Welsh is slowly becoming a female superstar in the world of Formula Vee motor sport, living with Type 1 Diabetes most of her life, she has fought hard to earn her place. “Control diabetes and don’t let diabetes control you” is April’s motto.

We had a great chat about her life with sports & Type 1 diabetes, and how she came to become the first female to race formula Vee motor sport.

Ape’s Formula Vee 1200cc – Lucky number #33

I feel April has a great outlook on life challenges including those curve balls that Type 1 diabetes likes to throw at us, not only is she positively managing her disease but also planning an active role in the Type 1 community.

In case you miss it in the podcast, April also extends an invite out to kids and young adults living with Type 1 to come and say hi if you are at any of her races – she would be happy to chat and give you the inside view of racing life.

There were two really important things I took out of our conversation and these are two things April tells her self often;

Control Diabetes and don’t let diabetes control you” – So true, if you want to pursue goals without letting D interrupt then you need to put in the effort to learn how to control it.

Just bloody drive it!” – I think this is applicable to so many situations in life and sometimes we need to tell ourselves this to get us out of our own head.

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Link > Episode 04 – Diabetes in the fast lane with April “Apes” Welsh

Thanks for listening and I wish you #stablebloodsugars always!


April racing at Barbagello race way
Team #33 – April’s lucky number
Get out of your head and “Just Bloody Drive It!”
Novo Nordisk team slogan – Changing Diabetes
Always willing to share the experience
Round 7, 2017 – Sometimes blood glucose just does not want to behave
Just like D, sometimes we hit rough patches

Links Mentioned in this episode

1998 Article featuring April Welsh and Dr Tim Jones

V8 Supercar drive days – Fast Track

V8 Drive Day

Charlie Kimball – Type 1 US Indy car driver

Team Novo Nordisk Pro Cycling Team

What is Scoliosis

Follow April on Instagram @april_hannah or facebook @https://www.facebook.com/racingwithtype1/