Gemma, 22, of Gilesgate in Durham, said: "After first trying wheelchair fencing
, three months later I represented Great Britain at my first international competition, the 2012 Malchow Wheelchair Fencing
World Cup, and, just 10 months after taking up the sport, competed at the London 2012 Paralympics.
WALES' 38 PARALYMPIANS ARCHERY Pippa Britton ATHLETICS Hollie Arnold Tracey Hinton Nathan Stephens Aled Sion Davies Jenny McLoughlin Jordan Howe Beverley Jones Kyron Duke Josie Pearson Claire Williams Steffan Hughes Olivia Breen Stephen Morris Rhys Jones BOCCIA Jacob Thomas Mike Thomas CYCLING Mark Colbourne Rachel Morris FOOTBALL Darren Harris Keryn Seal ROWING Sam Scowen SAILING Steve Thomas SITTING VOLLEYBALL Amy Brierly Jessica O'Brien Sam Bowen James Roberts Sam Scott SWIMMING Ellie Simmonds Rhiannon Henry Liz Johnson Nyree Kindred Morgyn Peters TABLE TENNIS Sara Head Paul Davies Rob Davies Paul Karabardak Scott Robertson WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL Clare Strange WHEELCHAIR FENCING
Gemma Collis WHEELCHAIR RUGBY David Anthony
At the age of 12 Mr Hall-Butcher, who has cerebral palsy, went to a multi-sport event and first tried wheelchair fencing
Now reporter Jonny Greatrex, aka Jonny Dangerous, gets a lesson in wheelchair fencing
from Britain's number one.
BOB will provide live telecast signals for 11 sports, including athletics, boccia, cycling, judo, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing
, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
Activities such as Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, scuba diving, fly-fishing, wheelchair golf, wheelchair self-defense, rock wall climbing, sled hockey, trapshooting, blues harmonica instruction, dogsledding, goal ball for the visually impaired, wheelchair fencing
, and amputee volleyball are only a small number of the adapted sports and activities that have been offered over the past 20 years.
team that placed 12th in the saber competition at the World Championships in Germany over the summer, has made several modifications to wheelchair mountain bikes over the years.
Festival highlights include music, art, film and cultural programs; special guest appearances such as Molly the Pony, an amputee horse with a prosthetic leg; an Innovation Village featuring demonstrations and supervised use of the newest adaptive products; Technology Symposiums showcasing the latest research and development in assistive technology; and Interactive Clinics and activities such as Sailing, Adaptive Fishing, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, Hand Cycling, Outrigger Canoeing, Wheelchair Fencing
and many more.
In addition, wheelchair fencing
will return to the World Class Programme with an investment of PS134,814 after making a "compelling" case for re-admission.
TRIPLE Paralympic champion Stephen Miller and wheelchair fencing
star Gemma Collis are among the athletes set to headline this year's PARALYMPICSGB Sports Fest.
Athletes will compete in seven sports - archery, athletics, race running, power lifting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair fencing
A PROJECT to increase participation rates in fencing and wheelchair fencing
in Teesside has been given a boost.