Barnaby Howarth

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About Barnaby Howarth

At just 14 years old, Barnaby faced a significant challenge when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This diagnosis required him to monitor his blood sugar levels daily and administer insulin injections, a daunting task for any teenager. However, this experience helped Barnaby develop a positive mindset and a determined attitude that would serve him well in the future.

At 25, Barnaby suffered another life-altering event when he was attacked by a gang in suburban Sydney, resulting in a stroke that affected the left side of his body. He underwent extensive rehabilitation and therapy to recover.

This pivotal moment defined Barnaby's character. Faced with the choice to live as a victim of circumstance or to become a beacon of hope and resilience, Barnaby chose the latter. He decided to approach life with determination and positivity.

Before the stroke, Barnaby played AFL for the Sydney Swans and, in September 2013, was inducted into the AFL Sydney Hall of Fame. His accomplishments also include publishing an autobiography, filming two documentaries in Africa, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Barnaby continues to serve as an ambassador for Diabetes Australia and the Stroke Foundation. Following his wife Angela's breast cancer diagnosis, he also supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Barnaby encourages others to put life’s challenges in perspective and use their inherent strength to face adversity. His message is simple; hold your head high and be proud of who you are. Embrace life’s challenges and always strive to 'Give It a Crack'.

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