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How an asthma sufferer has become a triathlete

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

  • 09/01/14 Respiratory Awareness Respiritory Awareness Triathlete - Gavin Dolman

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AN asthmatic who has defied the odds and competed in triathlons wants to raise awareness of the condition.

Gavin Dolman has battled with asthma since the age of two and, at 32, wants to help others, raise awareness and educate people on the everyday trials of suffering from the long-term health condition.

Mr Dolman, Rocester, said: “Throughout my childhood it was difficult, I was in and out of hospital and missed a lot of school time.

“Even walking was difficult and there was no way I could take part in sport that other children could, my lungs were too bad.

“The main problem was there was not the same level of knowledge and education that there should be available now to asthma sufferers.

“Asthma was mismanaged. At 19, I sourced some specialists to help my condition.

“I take medication daily to manage it, but against all odds I have competed in triathlons and even climbed Kilimanjaro.

“Now I am a respiratory specialist, and my new journey involves going round schools and universities.

“I want to raise awareness of the condition and let people know that they can do whatever they put their mind to despite having asthma.

“It’s a serious disease and can be debilitating.

“Following the success of the Olympics more and more people want to take up sports but struggle to because of asthma or any other respiratory condition.

“My job is to help them achieve this desire.”

“This year I have taken on the world of triathlon - entering six races - and showing that people with asthma can participate with the right education.

“I run a company called Respiratory Awareness UK Ltd and my primary focus is to help educate people with asthma who want to improve their lives.

“Showing that I have succeeded in sport at 32 and being asthmatic myself will hopefully encourage others to seek the help they may require.”

According to Mr Dolman, asthma Is the most common chronic disease among olympic athletes.

The disease causes an inflamation of the airways and suffferers can experience a variety of symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

Three people die every day from the disease but it can be managed.

To find out more about the disease and the services offered by Respiratory Awareness UK Ltd visit www.respiratoryawareness.co.uk

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