Gemma Friel - from Russia in gloves at Olympics

From Russia with gloves: Gemma Friel has starring Winter Olympics role

From Russia with gloves: Gemma Friel has starring Winter Olympics role

First published in News

SHE learnt the ropes backstage at Clacton's West Cliff Theatre - now Gemma Friel is about to be centre stage at the Winter Olympics.

Thrilled Gemma, 21, was headhunted by Games organisers in Russia after taking part in London 2012.

Her experience landed her a role as stage manager during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

A gagging order means she has to stay tight-lipped about the top-secret spectaculars.

Gemma said: "I can’t say anything about the performance - but it's going to be amazing!

"I am incredibly lucky to be apart of such an amazing experience, twice!

Gemma headed out to chilly Russia last week.

"My Russian colleagues often laugh at me when I go out wrapped up in my big coat, thermals and gloves .. because for them this is warm!" she said.

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9:50pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Why am I meant to care about paralympic sport?

I see the point about the Olympics - be the best.

I see the point about veteran games - be the best for your age.

Paralympic sport ? I have no desire to be a contender nor do I have any desire for my children / grandchildren to be a contender.
Why am I meant to care about paralympic sport? I see the point about the Olympics - be the best. I see the point about veteran games - be the best for your age. Paralympic sport ? I have no desire to be a contender nor do I have any desire for my children / grandchildren to be a contender. Jack222
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8:37am Mon 20 Jan 14

London lad says...

Jack222 wrote:
Why am I meant to care about paralympic sport?

I see the point about the Olympics - be the best.

I see the point about veteran games - be the best for your age.

Paralympic sport ? I have no desire to be a contender nor do I have any desire for my children / grandchildren to be a contender.
what a moron jack222 is !!!
This website should monitor responses to stories so that homophobic idiots like you don't get airtime! You should meet some of our disabled servicemen and women and tell them to their face what you've said here! You wouldn't last 5 minutes in a room full of those lads and lasses!! They put people like you to shame! So if you were to step out today, and some accident leaves you paralysed you would just give up would you? Why shouldn't a disabled person not want to strive to be the best that they can be? Anyone, in any walk of life should be encouraged to do the best for themselves. Its your kind of arrogance that has got this country in the mess that it is!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why am I meant to care about paralympic sport? I see the point about the Olympics - be the best. I see the point about veteran games - be the best for your age. Paralympic sport ? I have no desire to be a contender nor do I have any desire for my children / grandchildren to be a contender.[/p][/quote]what a moron jack222 is !!! This website should monitor responses to stories so that homophobic idiots like you don't get airtime! You should meet some of our disabled servicemen and women and tell them to their face what you've said here! You wouldn't last 5 minutes in a room full of those lads and lasses!! They put people like you to shame! So if you were to step out today, and some accident leaves you paralysed you would just give up would you? Why shouldn't a disabled person not want to strive to be the best that they can be? Anyone, in any walk of life should be encouraged to do the best for themselves. Its your kind of arrogance that has got this country in the mess that it is! London lad
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