Cancer Research UK names Gemma Gibbons as Ambassador

Olympian Gemma Gibbons has been appointed Sports Ambassador for Cancer Research UK.

In her new role Gemma is helping to highlight the unique challenges, such as triathalons, running and swimming, that people can take part in to raise money for the charity.

Gemma is keen to raise awareness of the work the charity does after losing her mother to leukaemia at 17.

She comments, ‘I’m really glad that I can help to raise awareness of the huge range of fun events you can take part in, whatever your fitness level, and encourage as many people as possible to get involved. My mum was always my biggest supporter and I know she’d be really proud that I’m helping Cancer Research UK to raise awareness of the vital research the charity does to help beat cancer sooner.’

Gemma studied at London Leisure College (The sports, leisure and travel department of Greenwich Community College) between 2004 and 2006 on ‘BTEC National Award’ and ‘BTEC National Certificate in Sports and Exercise Science’ courses.

Starting her degree in Sports Performance at the University of Bath, Gibbons continued to practice Judo, winning a Full Blues award in 2007 from the University. Shortly after graduating, she won bronze in the under-70 kg class at the 2009 World University Games.

Kate Howey, Performance Development Squad Coach for 2012 stated that Gibbons “is one of our best medal hopes for judo” in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gibbons won the Radio London Young Sports Woman of the Year Award 2006. In 2012 and ranked 42nd in the world at the time, at the 2012 London Olympics Gibbons won the silver medal, losing to Kayla Harrison in the -78 kg event. Footage of Gibbons looking upwards and mouthing “I love you mum” following her medal-clinching semi-final win became one of the most iconic moments of the Games.

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