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Fundraising gala dinner for NE Paralympian Gemma Collis

03 June 2015no comments Featured News, Laszlo's Fencing Club, News, Uncategorized

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In a unique collaboration, Durham University’s Team Durham and North East Fencing have come together to support Paralympian wheelchair fencer, Gemma Collis, in raising funds to cover costs associated with her qualifying run to the next Paralympic Games in Rio in September 2016.

Gemma is currently studying law at Durham University. In 2008 she was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a progressive nervous system disease that affects the functioning of her legs and confines her to wheelchair sport. Undeterred by the end of a promising career in figure-skating (where she was already competing at national level), when she arrived at University Gemma took up wheelchair fencing and within just ten months was selected for the British team at the London 2012 Paralympics. Despite having since suffered prolonged periods of illness, injury and hospitalisation, Gemma is now on course to qualify for the Rio games. She won a Bronze medal in last year’s World Cup and is currently ranked 4th in the Paralympic ranking. But she still needs to do well in a series of international competitions to secure her place at the Games.

Gemma receives no financial support from the British Fencing Association so her local ‘fencing family’ are organising this fabulous Gala dinner in the wonderful Durham Castle Great Hall to help her. Come and enjoy a champagne reception and a three course dinner with coffee and petit fours in this World Heritage Site venue. Join us for live samba music, a celebrity auction and a chance to meet this extraordinary young fencer who is looking to bring a Paralympic medal back to the North East next year.

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