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GEMMELL James
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthQuesnel, CAN
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
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, 02 Feb 2019)
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Twitter profile, 29 Jan 2019)
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)
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
LIFE CHANGER
He admitted that Para ice hockey changed his life after his impairment. "When I was in my accident I was working in the oil field and I was not up to a lot of good. I got myself into a lot of trouble and got away from hockey for a while and was brought back to it because of my accident. I always tell everybody sledge hockey saved my life. It got me back to living a positive life. Now I travel the world playing hockey and get to go talk to kids in every city we go to and be a positive role model for kids all over our country, which is one of the best feelings in the world. There's nothing else you could ever want." (princegeorgecitizen.com, 20 Dec 2018)

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  
2 2019 Team