13:08 Thursday 09 January 2014

Asthmatic triathlete is helping other sufferers

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

09/01/14 Respiratory AwarenessRespiritory Awareness Triathlete - Gavin Dolman 09/01/14 Respiratory AwarenessRespiritory Awareness Triathlete - Gavin Dolman

A UTTOXETER asthmatic who has against the odds competed in triathlons wants to raise awareness of the condition.

Gavin Dolman has battled with asthma for all his life 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 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 is now available to asthma sufferers.

“Asthma was mismanaged.

“I now take medication daily to manage it, and I have competed in triathlons and even climbed Kilimanjaro.

“Now I am a respiratory specialist, and I go round schools and universities 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.

“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 being asthmatic myself will hopefully encourage others to seek the help they may require.”

Those wishing to get in touch with Mr Dolman should contact 07572 532326.

More information is available on his website at www.respiratoryawareness.co.uk

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