Gemma Dashwood

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Gemma Dashwood
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Dashwood shows her silver medal won in the 200 m medley SM10 event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Gemma Joan Dashwood
Nationality  Australia
Born 19 October 1977
Australian swimmer Gemma Dashwood displays one of the two gold medals she won at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games

Gemma Joan Dashwood, OAM[1] (born 19 October 1977)[2] is an Australian Paralympic swimmer and medical doctor. She was born in Canberra.[2] She competed in the Les autres disability category due to her septic arthritis.[3]

Swimming career[edit]

She won three gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Games in the Women's 100 m Butterfly S10, Women's 400 m Freestyle S10, and Women's 4 × 100 m Freestyle S7-10 events, for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[1] At the same Games, she won two silver medals in the Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 and Women's 200 m Medley SM10 events.[4] At the 2000 Sydney Games, she won a gold medal in the Women's 400 m Freestyle S10 event, a silver medal in the Women's 200 m Medley SM10 event, and a bronze medal in the Women's 4 × 100 m Freestyle 34 pts event.[4]

She had an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship from 1995 to 2000.[5] In 1997, she moved to Newcastle to study speech therapy at the University of Newcastle and trained under Bill Nelson. She organised the 'Swimming in Parallel Calendar 2000' to raise the profile of the Australian female Paralympic swim team.[6] In 2000, she received an Australian Sports Medal.[7]

Medical career[edit]

Dashwood graduated from Canberra Girls' Grammar School in 1995. She moved to Newcastle, New South Wales to study speech pathology at the University of Newcastle. After completing her degree, she worked in England. She returned to Canberra in 2004 and enrolled in the inaugural Australian National University Medical School class and graduated in 2007. In 2009, she completed her internship with ACT Health.[8] She is an intensive care registrar at Canberra Hospital.[citation needed]

Dashwood has an interest in music, playing the organ and cello and singing, and plays the cello with the Australian Doctors' Orchestra.[8] She is the Music Team Leader at All Saints Church, Canberra.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Dashwood, Gemma Joan". It's an Honour. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Paralympic Federation (1996). Media guide : 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Sydney, Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 
  3. ^ Ovington, Caroline (19 August 1999). "Bugarin Surges To Gold – At Last". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 February 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Excellence : Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Chris (1 February 2000). "Gemma wants more gold". The Canberra Chronicle. 
  7. ^ "Dashwood, Gemma Joan: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Gemma Dashwood OAM". Australian National University Alumni News, March 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Music at All Saints". All Saints Ainslie. Retrieved 17 June 2014.