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Gemma-Louise Stevenson


Gemma initially trained in Music Theatre at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, but after being diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 2 years ago, and using participation in sport and sports writing as part of her rehab, decided to take the plunge and re-train for a career in Sports Journalism, her area of interest being that of Disability Sport.

Gemma has previously worked as a guest debater and speaker for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, written stories for the Cambridge News and contributed to the blog for the 'This Girl Can' Campaign. She can currently be found working as a media officer for the RFL, an editor and blogger for the Wheelchair DanceSport Association and the roving sports reporter for Radio Peterborough.

Gemma is a recipient of the NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund and the first ever recipient of the Thomas Read Bursary.

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Stories by Gemma-Louise

  • Off the Track: Another Road to Rio
    Live sporting events are as much a part of our culture as a night out at the theatre and at the heart of these events are a squad of dedicated volunteers who help to create memorable experiences for the athletes and spectators who attend them.
  • The EU: Questions Unanswered
    People with disabilities make up nearly a fifth of the the UK population yet when it comes to current debates surrounding Brexit many feel they have been ignored.
  • Scott Meenagh Interview Part Two: Olympic Ambition
    Today marks 100 days until Rio shines its spotlight on para-sport and the Paralympians supercharge South America for ten days. Among the Team GB athletes with ambitions to make their mark on the world stage at this event is Scottish sculler Scott Meenagh.
  • Review: Why the McOnie Company's Jekyll and Hyde will become a dance classic
    The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde has been re-imagined in many ways over the years but this hasn’t stopped Drew McOnie giving Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale a makeover fit for the 21st century.
  • Scott Meenagh Interview Part One: The journey to Invictus
    With less than a week to go until Scott Meenagh takes his place alongside international ex-military athletes to compete at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Sports Gazette caught up with Great Britain’s rowing hopeful to chat about his road to Invictus.
  • Parallel London: Developing a new dimension of diversity in mass participation
    Park Run has got people off the sofa and enjoying the great outdoors. Colour Run has captured the imagination of a nation. And Tough Mudder has tested the mettle of many. But now there’s a new kid on the block ready to make their mark.
  • Could disability benefit reform be threatening the Paralympic legacy?
    Sports Gazette talks to Rio hopeful Carly Tait about her sporting ambitions, her experience with the benefits system and her concerns about how the way Personal Indepence Payments are being judged in certain circumstances could impact on uptake of sport amongst the disabled community.
  • Varsity 2016: Five Factors that gave St Mary's Scorpions that winning edge
    You’re only as good as your last performance, or so the saying goes, and if their performance at the West London Varsity is anything to go by St Mary’s Scorpions have a bright future ahead of them.
  • The beautiful game embraces the beautiful frame
    Football is a sport enjoyed by millions and thanks to a new form of the game it has been opened up to a whole new group of players.
  • St Mary's Gaelic footballer encourages girls not to listen to gender stereotypes
    When she walked through the doors of St Mary's University four years ago Laura Scally, who had played football when she was younger, could never have imagined how much of an impact taking part in GAA would have on her. Now playing for St Mary's and Heston Gaels, Scally talks to Sports Gazette about her passion for gaelic football and offers advice to other women wanting to take their first steps into the sporting world.
  • Lotte Clapp: Six Nations Simmie with World Cup ambitions
    England Women kicked off their Six Nations campaign in style at the weekend storming to victory over Scotland 32-0. Harriet Millar-Mills stole the show and the hit the headlines with two tries as the world champions made a promising start after the disappointment of their worst-ever finish in the tournament a year ago. But here at Sports Gazette we were cheering on our very own Simmie, Lotte Clapp, as she made her Six Nations debut for England on Friday night.
  • Lapthorne claims third in Wheelchair Tennis Masters
    Sports Gazette catches up with British tennis player Andy Lapthorne after placing third in the 2015 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London
  • The Friday Interview: Wimbledon champ Whiley
    In a post match interview with Sports Gazette, British No.1 tennis ace, Jordanne Whiley gets vocal about her hopes to be crowned Masters champion, the effect holding the tournament on home soil has on the popularity of the wheelchair game and her reaction after the Sports Personality of the Year nominations were revealed.
  • The Forgotten Sports Personalities of the Year
    The shortlist for The BBC Sports Personality of the Year was announced tonight and immediately afterwards social media came alive with the sound of alternative suggestions.
  • May the odds be ever in our favour: Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Preview
    Whilst all eyes are on the capital and the ATP World Tour finals, in an outer district Jordanne Whiley and her fellow Grand Slam winning Brits lead a strong home contingent in the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament this week.
  • The Crawleys of the Court: The British Lords and Ladies of Wheelchair Tennis
    The end might be sight for TV series Downton Abbey but you can still get your dose of drama in the sporting world over the coming months as the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters comes to town. Sports Gazette previews the British players looking to make their mark at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in December.
  • Friday Interview: Coral Batey, Women in Murderball
    Murderball, a sport not for the faint-hearted. The crash of metal against metal. The screeches of rubber against wood. The bang of bodies against the ground. As a spectator you could be forgiven for thinking you were sat at The Proms listening to Gustav Holst's Mars movement from The Planets Suite the way the sounds emanate from the court.
  • WWRC15: Canada and USA go for gold
    Rivals Canada and USA go head to head tonight to see who will be crowned the first ever BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge champion.
  • WWRC15: Japan deny Team GB a semi-final place
    Japan dashed the hopes of a nation last night as they halted Team GB's World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge campaign.
  • WWRC15: Australia wheel their way to victory
    Australia and team GB were engaged in a head-to-head battle last night at the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge.
  • WWRC15: Batey brings Girl Power to the court
    Coral Batey blew the crowds away on the first evening of the 2015 BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge at the Copper Box Arena.
  • WWRC15: Murderball Returns to Stratford
    If you thought the Rugby World Cup was tough, get ready to experience murderball. Just over three years after London 2012, wheelchair rugby returns to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the BT 2015 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge on 12th of October. Team GB, who have already qualified for Rio after their European Championship win over reigning champions Sweden in September, will be pitting themselves against some of the world's top teams, including Paralympic medallists Australia, Canada and USA.
  • 5 famous teachers who should be football managers
    After a tough few weeks for certain Premier League managers, the Sports Gazette assesses which famous fictional teachers could change the fortunes at some struggling Premier league sides.
  • England launch a legacy at European Championships
    While the rest of the world were focused on Twickenham on Saturday night, Gillingham was about to witness golden glory.
  • Halliwell's dream debut for England
    Tom Halliwell could not have had a better start to his England international career as his skill on the pitch helped the team to secure two victories on the second day of the wheelchair rugby league European Championships at Medway Park.
  • England storm through to European Finals
    Scotland didn't stand a chance against a focused and determined England side at the wheelchair rugby league European Championships today.
  • France fight back after trophy loss
    What a difference a day makes as France make amends for their defeat to England in the Kielty Fassolette Trophy
  • Rugby World Cup Preview: England v Fiji
    Twickenham takes centre stage this weekend as the curtain opens on the Rugby World Cup England, who were knocked out at the quarter final stage by New Zealand in the 2011 tournament, are looking to take advantage of the home crowd, and their unbeaten record against their opponents, to get their 2015 campaign off to a positive start.