SPOFFORTH Gemma < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 17 Nov 1987 in Shoreham, ENG
Height1.86 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence United States
Occupation Athlete, Student
Higher education Psychology - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up swimming at age three.
Club / Team University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA
Name of coach Martyn Wilby
Coach from which country? United States
Training Regime She does 18 hours in the pool and six hours dryland training every week.
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Great Britain
Location Vienna
General Interest
Nicknames Spoffy. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hobbies Athletics and sleeping. (britishswimming.co.uk, 06 Apr 2008)
Most influential person in career Her mum Lesley fought cancer and provides her with inspiration. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Injuries In 2011 she was in a bicycle crash that left her with a broken nose. She also required 15 stitches to her face. (thisislondon.co.uk, 27 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "However much pain I am in, it is not as bad as fighting cancer." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Other information BOOK
She intends to release a book detailing the life of a swimmer in and out of the pool. (dailymail.co.uk, 07 Aug 2010)

SAMARITANS
She volunteers as a trained counsellor, manning the calls on night shifts at The Samaritans. (timesonline.co.uk, 18 Dec 2009)

FROM ENGLAND TO THE UNITED STATES
In 2006 she admitted to having lost her appetite for the sport after suffering illness, but was directed to the University of Florida's swim programme in the United States by coach Graham Wardell. "It has been the making of her," said Wardell. (portsmouth.co.uk, 03 Apr 2008)