Dashwood shows her silver medal won in the 200 m medley SM10 event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
|Full name||Gemma Joan Dashwood|
|Born||19 October 1977|
Gemma Joan Dashwood, OAM (born 19 October 1977) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer and medical doctor. She was born in Canberra. She competed in the Les autres disability category due to her septic arthritis.
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. 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. 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.
She had an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship from 1995 to 2000. In 1997, she moved to Newcastle to study speech therapy at the University of Newcastle and trained under Bill Nelson. She became a member of the University of Newcastle Swimming Club, where she practiced for the Sydney 2000 games. She organised the 'Swimming in Parallel Calendar 2000' to raise the profile of the Australian female Paralympic swim team. In 2000, she received an Australian Sports Medal.
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. She is an intensive care registrar at Canberra Hospital.
Dashwood has an interest in music, playing the organ and cello and singing, and plays the cello with the Australian Doctors' Orchestra.
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