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James Gemmell

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

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

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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 1
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 2014-03-15 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 1
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1