Gemma Lumsdaine talks to us about how wheelchair rugby is her passion and how this sport can give you a sense of belonging and purpose – you just have to give it a go.
Believe it or not, wheelchair rugby was not Gemma’s first sport as she first became interested in the sport whilst playing wheelchair basketball at a national level. But it was rugby where she found her passion, giving her a sense of belonging and purpose in sport. Rugby, and sport in general, has now become so much more to Gemma – it’s about how it makes you feel, the empowerment and feeling connected to who you are and your own body.
Taking the leap into a new sport embodies everything Gemma believes in. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and don’t be scared to try something new. As well as being a top-level player herself, Gemma also coaches others in a bid to help them be the best player they can be and alongside her sporting achievements, she has also recently completed a university degree alongside running workshops around disability sport, mental health and wellbeing, looking to inspire others with the same no-fear attitude.