Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Liam Visram. (Garrett James photo/submitted)

Clippers defenceman wins BCHL Community Hero Award

Liam Visram, who has Type 1 diabetes, shares his experiences with young fans

A Nanaimo Clippers defencemen has shown he’s a role model, and it’s made him a community hero.

Liam Visram was chosen as the recipient of a Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award this month.

According to a league press release, the 19-year-old from Langley, who lives with Type 1 diabetes, happened to overhear three Clippers fans talking about the disease in the arena corridor earlier this season and decided to speak up about his experiences with the child, who also has Type 1 diabetes.

“I just talked to him about how I’m diabetic and it hasn’t really stopped me from doing anything and how I still love playing hockey,” said Visram in the release. “I think it impacted him a lot.”

The child’s mother was so impressed that she wrote an e-mail to thank the Clippers hockey club.

“She said she went home that night and her kid said, ‘Mommy, that hockey player does finger pokes [to test blood sugar levels], so I can do it too,’” said Visram. “I saw the e-mail and sent it to my parents right away. I was really happy. It put a huge smile on my face. I can honestly say that I haven’t been that proud of myself in a while.”

Since then, Visram was inspired to begin going to schools in Nanaimo specifically to talk about being a junior A hockey player living with Type 1 diabetes.

In conjunction with Visram’s award, Shaw will donate $500 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“Liam is proving that living with a condition like diabetes does not have to limit what you’re capable of,” said Chethan Lakshman, vice-president of external affairs with Shaw Communications. “Kids need role models like Liam to show them that when they work hard, they can do anything they set their minds to – no matter what kind of obstacles they may be facing in their own lives.”

Visram said using an insulin pump is just a part of the balance of his everyday life.

“My message to kids is that [diabetes] doesn’t stop me from doing anything and it won’t stop you,” he said. “If you want it, you can do whatever you want. Don’t let it stop you.”

GAME ON … The Clippers face the Langley Rivermen on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. The Clips then visit the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Group continues to pull sunken, abandoned wrecks from Salish Sea

Dead Boats society inching towards 89 wrecks pulled from Capital Regional waters

People tab ‘Roaring ’20s’ as theme for Parksville sand sculpting competition

‘Topsy Turvy’ and ‘Celebrate!’ also considered for 2020 beach festival event

Port promoting tourism excursions for cruise ship passengers in Nanaimo

Port authority develops partnerships in advance of six ships arriving in 2020

Captain says nothing beats VIU volleyball program

Graduating player Andrea Cankovic has three national titles and isn’t quite done yet

Don’t be blinded by love: Saanich police warn of online dating red flags

Canadians lost about $25 million to romance scams in 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Court awards Nanaimo woman $300,000 after crash exacerbates her fibromyalgia

Judgment follows 2015 motor vehicle accident on Turner Road

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Most Read