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Gemma Gibbons announces career end to become a PE teacher
19 May 2017 15:15
Gemma’s career started as a promising junior and her progression continued all the way through to 2016 where she became the only British woman to medal at the Tokyo Grand Slam. London 2012 was her personal career highlight and she captured the nation’s heart winning the Olympic Silver medal competing at the Under 78kg category.
Reflecting on her decision, Gemma commented, “Today is the day I hang up my competitive judogi. At the age of 6 when I first stepped onto the mat I couldn't have dreamt what was to come. Medals, the best memories and friends, and even a husband, I feel extremely lucky. I can't explain how much I've loved having the job 'judo player' but I feel I've given the sport I love everything I have to give and now it's time for me to move onto the next chapter in my life.
"I'm looking forward to developing my next career as a PE teacher, and once graduated from Edinburgh University in a few months' time I'll be hoping to share the wonderful sport that has helped shape me into the person I am today with the many young people I encounter. Judo has given me the platform to learn how crucial determination, commitment, courage and resilience are in order to succeed. These are lessons I will use to shape my future and the future of others.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have made my 25 years in the sport 25 extremely positive ones. So many people have played a part in guiding, encouraging and supporting me over the years, thank you to every single one of you, there's no way I would have achieved what I have without you.”
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