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The gymnast 'allergic to exercise'...

  • Natasha Coates suffers with a rare condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.
  • Although not a Paralympic discipline, Natasha won a medal on every piece of apparatus at the British championships in March 2017.
  • Despite spending more time in the hospital than training, Natasha explains how gymnastics “has saved her life”.

Natasha Coates explains how competing as a disability gymnast has helped to keep her alive

@BBCSportshour: The gymnast ‘allergic to exercise’…

“This sport has saved my life” @NatashaCoatesGB

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Natasha Coates suffers with a rare condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. It means her body struggles to fight disease and makes her allergic to many everyday things, including exercise.

But it hasn’t stopped the twenty one year old pursuing her sporting dreams.

Although not a Paralympic discipline, Natasha won a medal on every piece of apparatus at the British championships in March 2017.

Despite spending more time in the hospital than training, Natasha explains how gymnastics “has saved her life”.

Producer: Kate McKenna

Photo: Natasha Coates with medals, Credit: Natasha Coates

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