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GEMMELL James
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthQuesnel, CAN
Height1.80 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Sherry
Residence
Quesnel, BC, CAN
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2006 with the BC Eagles club in Surrey, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching Canada win the gold medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. "I realised that I could still play [ice] hockey and I took it up shortly after."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
United States of America
Location
Charlottetown, PEI, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Gemms (Facebook profile, 24 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Twitter profile, 12 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Lidstrom. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I will do today what others won't, so I can have tomorrow what others can't." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (quesnelobserver.com, 20 Sep 2017)
Impairment
In August 2004 his right leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a car accident. (hockeycanada.ca, 02 Dec 2012)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
He owns and runs Ridgetop K9 Boarding Kennels in Quesnel, BC, Canada. (quesnelobserver.com, 20 Sep 2017; Ridgetop K9 Boarding Kennels Facebook page, 19 Mar 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Team  
2 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 Team  
1 2013 Team  
2 2015 Team  
1 2017 Team