Gemma is passionate about sport being accessible and shares her experiences and expertise with those involved in the sport sector through her role as Disability Lead for Sported.
She has spoken at conferences and events about issues relating to disability and inclusion. In 2021, she was listed in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 and was named one of the most influential disabled people in the UK.
Gemma is currently undertaking a Master’s in research at the University of West of Scotland, which focuses on exploring people with disabilities experiences of sport and physical activity.
Her second life is as a wheelchair athlete and a member of the GB Wheelchair Rugby Talent squad which helps to prepare athletes to make the step to the Paralympic squad.
Gemma is also in the Scottish Disability Sport Athlete Academy.She also coaches wheelchair sports for Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club and won the COVA Young Coach of the Year in 2018.
As well as being athlete and coach, Gemma sits on the Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board and has previously been a member of Scottish Disability Sport Young People’s Panel, she now supports and mentors the newly formed board.