Five-time consecutive gold medal Olympic Champion, Sir Steve Redgrave, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis before the Barcelona Olympics. Sir Steve has supported Crohn’s and Colitis UK since 1994 and has been a great inspiration to those affected by IBD.
There were times when it seemed as if Colitis would prevent me from reaching that fifth gold medal but, with the right medical treatment, I've been able to keep the illness under control and continue with my life, both in training during my career as a professional athlete and in my life beyond the boat.
Many others aren't as fortunate - for them, just trying to lead a normal life is a real test of courage and determination. I know the impact of these diseases - it's important to have good information, understanding and support.