Gemma Collis /

Gemma Collis

Date of Birth

10 October 1992

Sport

Wheelchair Fencing

From

Aylesbury

Biography

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 Games.

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.