Natasha Coates is a 26 year old British Disability Gymnast from Sherwood, Nottingham. She has a rare condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Anything from sweating to laughing can set off a life-threatening allergic reaction, and she is hospitalized on average every two weeks. Since she developed the condition, aged 18, she has had over 250 life threatening episodes requiring hospitalization, intensive care treatment and medication just to keep her alive.

Natasha hasn’t let her condition hold her back. An accomplished athlete, the elite disability gymnast has won 22 British titles and 38 British medals. Her condition makes training and competing challenging however that only makes the victories that much sweeter. She is ranked Number ONE in the United Kingdom for the fourth year running.

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