“You can’t let asthma run your life, you need to figure out how to work around it, find out what’s triggering it and manage it.” Jason Wynyard

Jason Wynyard is Ngapuhi and Ngati Maniapoto. Even though he has been battling asthma since he was very young, Jason is one of the most powerful and prolific woodchoppers in the world.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Jason, as he has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to wood chopping.

Eight years ago, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ presented Jason with the award of Supreme Achiever, at the 2009 Achievers Awards.

He then went on to judge the 2011 Achievers Awards, as one of four judges with the significant task of choosing the seven award winners for 2011.  

Having asthma and competing in such a demanding sport such as wood chopping has not been without its difficulties for Jason. During his fourth year at the wood chopping world championship, while competing in the ‘springboard’ event he literally ran out of breath and could not breathe.

Because he had already won three world titles before this event spectators and other competitors thought he had slowed down because he had won enough. This simply was not the case, he couldn’t breathe properly and wasn’t able to coordinate his timing.

Through sheer determination, skill and willingness to win, Jason won this event by a very close margin. He went on to win another three out of four events that he had entered.

Jason has learnt that in order to compete on the world stage in terms of his chosen sport that he must take better control of his asthma. He has done this with significant success and is the current holder of eight world titles for best individual wood chopper.

A huge congratulations again Jason, from all of the team at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. 

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