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Gemma Lumsdaine

Position14
Classification1.0

I was 12 weeks premature, as a result of this I have Cerebral Palsy. As a family we have had to overcome various challenges throughout my life. Because of my disability we have been limited to where we can go and what we can do. Growing up I often felt isolated and this was hard.

I have always been involved in sport from a young age initially I did horse riding and swimming as a form of physiotherapy.  I first heard about the Crushers when my local Wheelchair Sports Club Dundee Dragons wanted to start playing wheelchair rugby  so the Crushers came up to give us a taster session, I loved it!

I started training with the Crushers around March 2015 and played my first game 6 months later.

I get so many benefits from rugby. Being part of a team and being around other people with similar impairment levels to me has made a massive improvement to my mental wellbeing, it also makes me strive to be the best I can be, on and off the court.

I love how fast and furious the game is and how, no matter what your level of impairment is, you have a vital role to play within the team.