Gemma has always been very athletic and was double County
Champion in Triple Jump by the age of 15. She also figure skated at
National Level between the age of eight and 11, played County level
Hockey between 13 and 15 and was District 100m Champion between the
ages of 12 and 15.
In July 2008, Gemma was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic
Dystrophy. RSD is a progressive nervous system disease that affects
the functioning of the nerves in her right leg. To maintain her
sporting interests, Gemma began coaching, officiating and
volunteering at sports events, in the process discovering more
about disability sport.
Gemma began playing Wheelchair Basketball in 2010 and now
competes for Newcastle Eagles and West Coast Tornadoes. She has
gone also represented Wales under 25s at the 2011 Celtic Cup in
Stirling, Scotland and Wales under 19s at the 2011 School
Shortly after starting her undergraduate degree in Law at Durham
University, Gemma first tried Wheelchair Fencing. She found that
she really enjoyed competing and says that her love for the sport
is continually increasing.
Gemma first represented Great Britain at the 2012 Malchow
Wheelchair Fencing World Cup.
Her preferred weapon is Epee, but she also fences in Foil.