Sport/Event > Netball
Date and Place of Birth >
27 March 1987, Poole, Dorset, UK
Weight > 73kg
Positions > Goal Keeper, Goal Defence
Coached by >
Jess Thirlby – Team Bath Superleague
Jan Crabtree – Blades Netball Club
Anna Mayes – England
Date arrived at Team Bath > September 2005
Blades Netball Club
Occupation > Physiotherapist
Gemma is rated as one of England’s most exciting young defenders.
First called into the England under-21 squad in 2004, she won gold at the FENA Open competition in 2005 and was a member of the England under-21 side that won silver at the World Youth Championships in Florida later that year.
Gemma made her competitive debut in Team Bath in the 2005/6 season – when Team Bath won the inaugural Superleague title. The previous season she played for the England under-21 side that contested the Super Cup as part of their preparations for the World Youth Championships.
Gemma started playing netball at the age of 13 at school and a local club. She was scouted for the England Talent Camps and from there was selected to attend trials for the England U21’s.
She continued to play netball for Hucclecote netball club, Team Bath in the Superleague and have competed in the England Open squads at FENA, whilst doing her degree in Physiotherapy at UWE.
After finishing her degree she moved back near Poole as she secured her first physiotherapist job at Poole Hospital.
Gemma then joined Blades netball club and throughout the past two years whilst working, has been regularly travelling to Bath for training and Superleague matches as well as Southampton for club training and matches.
In 2011 Gemma trained as part of the England Excel squad and was then selected to go to the England International Test series against Australia and New Zealand in October 2011. She was part of the England National squad in 2012 and Barbados test series April 2012.
Gemma was part of the Team Bath squad who battled to a fifth Netball Superleague win – their first since 2010 – in Worcester on 25 May 2013 with a 62-56 win over Celtic Dragons.
Team Bath have won five out of the eight Superleague titles contested. A feat that earned them a place in the 2013 Guinness World Records book.
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