Saturday, July 20, 2024

Grays-based Gemma wins bronze at Paralympics

CLUB-THROWER Gemma Prescott fulfilled a dream of a lifetime by winning a Bronze at the event at the Paralympics on Saturday.

Gemma threw a personal best of 20.50 to grab the bronze.

Gemma told Channel 4: “That was an amazing experience; I knew I had to go out there and PB to win an medal. I’m delighted”

Gemma currently resides in Grays and has been a regular at a number of faith events such as the Boiler Room in Stanford-le-Hope.

Gemma, who has cerebral palsy, throws from her wheelchair, competes in the Shot Putt and Club Throw events.

She has previously competed at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and won a bronze medal in the Shot Putt event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli.

Gemma first tried these disciplines when she was 15 after being invited to “have a go”. She made her first competitive outing at the 1998 DSE National Junior Championships held in Blackpool.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What a great achievement by Gemma, the paralympic games so far have been a fantastic display of inspirational people, they have risen against adversity and battled their individual problems to rise to the top.

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