Katie Baker

From the ages of 6-16, I did gymnastics recreationally and loved it so knew when I went to Uni I wanted to carry on with the sport. Unfortunately the University I went to didn’t offer gymnastics so I did trampolining and things went from strength to strength. From training to competitions to being President of the club, winning Club Of The Year and individually winning Sports Personality Of The Year, I have made unforgettable memories and friends for life.

Sport isn’t easy for me however, I was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Scimitar Syndrome which means the cardiac anatomy is tangled up and only 1 of my lungs work. This causes breathlessness, fatigue and other cardiac complications and due to this condition I also have kyphosis which is an inwards curve of the spine, this again makes it hard for me to trampoline. However since being at Uni, I made it my mission to not let the condition define me, I have spoken in front of hundreds of medical professionals, become an ambassador for a chronic illness charity and shared my story to help others.

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