Gemma told how she was taken aback by the achievement. She said: “I honestly didn’t expect it. I knew I’d been nominated but, given the calibre of people who typically appear on the list, I didn’t think for one second that I would end up being named on it. I’m still processing it all.”
Throughout the pandemic, Gemma has worked to provide support to people living with disabilities, organising workout sessions and talks with Paralympians, and workshops and training on areas relating to disability sport, mental health and wellbeing.
She added: “I’m really passionate about promoting disability sports and opportunities, and it means a lot to have been recognised for this.
“This is actually what my research project at UWS is all about – I’m looking at the motivations and barriers to entry people with disabilities experience when accessing, or trying to access, sport and physical activity in Scotland.
“The academics have been really supportive, and I am excited to be able to research in this area.”