Professional Jockey-David Crosse
David Crosse has fought his way to a profession licence after many years of keeping secret his T1DM.
However, he became the subject of a BHA investigation after the authority received an anonymous tip-off about Crosse's condition, claiming he was a danger to others, leading to a BHA inquiry at which he received an entry-level penalty.
"The BHA was sympathetic," said Crosse. "The rules changed just under a year ago and the fact I've had proper medical care and looked after myself were key factors. It's a weight off my shoulders. I don't have to hide to inject myself.
"If anything, it makes me better as a rider. It's not a career-ending illness. I can lead a normal life as long as I look after things properly."
Point-to-point rider Hector Barr was issued a licence without restriction last year following improvements in the understanding and management of the condition.
Although Crosse made sure select people knew of his condition so it could be disclosed in the event of a bad fall, he hid the fact he was injecting himself with insulin at the races, doing it under a towel or in the toilets. He has been advised throughout by specialist Dr Ian Gallen
"The way the BHA has dealt with my case means if there are others like me they can come forward knowing that nothing bad is going to happen," said Crosse, who is also a jockey coach.
"That's what I'd feared for the last 13 years, that this would come out and my career would be finished. It all depends on how you look after your diabetes."
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