Heart­felt rea­son to run

Comment News (Armadale) - - News -

A HEART con­di­tion was never go­ing to stop Chan­tal Quinn from com­pet­ing in this year’s Run For a Rea­son.

The South­ern River res­i­dent was born with ven­tric­u­lar sep­tal de­fect (VSD), a hole in her heart sep­a­rat­ing the two lower cham­bers, which causes high heart pres­sure and re­duced oxygen to the body.

Ms Quinn said doc­tors told her the con­di­tion meant she would al­ways strug­gle with ex­er­cis­ing.

“The doc­tors al­ways said the hole would close; I get a check-up every three years but it hasn’t got­ten any smaller,” she said.

How­ever, Ms Quinn has re­fused to let her con­di­tion de­fine her and has ded­i­cated her life to im­prov­ing her own fit­ness.

Since her fit­ness jour­ney be­gan, she has lost more than 40kg and owns Earn the Burn gym in For­rest­dale.

While she ad­mit­ted VSD posed is­sues when it came to run­ning, Ms Quinn said noth­ing stopped her from tak­ing part in the an­nual Run For a Rea­son.

Ms Quinn com­pleted the 4km run with a group of friends from her gym in 22and-a-half min­utes and said she was in­spired to re­turn next year.

Picture: Will Rus­sell d483112

De­spite hav­ing a heart con­di­tion, Chan­tal Quinn com­peted in last month’s Run For a Rea­son.

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