JS56536085GEMMA Lumsdaine, 17, has her sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games and describes participating in disability sports as a “way of life”.

Meet murderballer Gemma Lumsdaine – one of Scotland’s toughest young athletes .

The 17-year-old schoolgirl is not only one of the nation’s leading wheelchair rugbyplayers, she is also at the top of her game in wheelchair basketball and para-equestrian dressage.

Gemma, from Monifieth, Angus, who has cerebral palsy , has her sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, where she will be spoilt for choice as to which sport to compete in.

The fearless teenager, who excels in murderball, one of the roughest games on the planet, has been nominated for a Sunday Mail Young Scot sports award.

Gemma, who is a key member of the Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, said: “Disability sport is a way of life for me. It’s where I want to be.

“For a long time, I had great difficulty accepting my disability but since I took up sport I’ve become a different person, a better person.

“I want to inspire other young people and prove to them a disability does not have to hold you back – it can move your life forward in lots of positive ways.

“I wouldn’t change my disability for the world. It’s part of me and makes me the person I am today. Without my chair, I would not have got to where I am now.

“I love the thrill you get from competing, especially in wheelchair rugby-murderball – as you can just go for it.

“I guess I have no fear, which is what you need to do well.”


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