The only man in professional contact sport with cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up mucus, a difficult situation for a professional athlete. 

Nathan Charles is nothing short of a hero. Playing rugby at the highest level requires immense physical and mental fortitude. To exist at the top of your sport would be an outstanding achievement for any athlete, not to mention a man who deals with a debilitating lung condition.  In 2010, survival for people with CF was estimated to be 37 years for women and 40 for men.

Nathan Charles receives his cap. (Source/Rugby Au).
Nathan Charles receives his cap. (Source/Rugby Au).

Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie had this to say:

“If you look at the symptoms and classic outcomes of cystic fibrosis it’s not a great scenario from a sporting point of view, but he seems to have defied science and defied logic.”

This profile, brought to you by Nutrigain, poignantly summaries the daily achievements of Nathan Charles and it’s a fitting testament to the 28-year-old. The Aussie is currently playing in France for Clermont and I hope his story serves to motivate. As he would say himself, he’s a rugby player with CF, not someone with CF who plays rugby.

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