Big Up Your Chest!

Laura Trott is the inspiring face of Asthma UK’s 'Big Up Your Chest', an online resource to help 16 to 25-year-olds living with the condition.

Laura says: “When I was a child I developed severe asthma. As a result, my doctors advised me to start swimming to help me to regulate my breathing and I later I took up cycling with my mum.

“I was overjoyed when I won two gold medals for track cycling at the London 2012 Olympics — I couldn’t believe how far I’d come and I was so proud to fly the flag for Britain! I was able to achieve these amazing victories because I manage my asthma by taking my medicines and making sure I’m looking after my condition sensibly. It still impacts me physically as I tend to get a dry cough after I’ve been training so I have to be aware of my limits.

“I hope that I can inspire other people my age with asthma through my own accomplishments and show that with the right treatment, management and attitude to asthma, it doesn’t have to hold you back.

“It’s important for young people to understand their asthma and find out how they can look after it too, so that they reduce the risk of having an asthma attack.”