Team GB footballer Gemma Wiseman passed away at just age of 33

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An immensely talented team GB footballer who also earned a bronze medal for the UK along with her wife has left the fans shocked as she tragically passed away just a few days before Christmas.

Gemma Wiseman helped to lead Great Britain to a third-place end at the World Deaf Football Championship back in 2006 in Italy.

FA director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, stated, “We are all deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Gemma,”

Moreover, shared, “Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.” continued by adding, “Gemma was an outstanding person and player who represented England on multiple occasions, including during the 2015 World Deaf Futsal Championship, and she will be greatly missed.”

The vice-chair of Great Britain Deaf Football also known as GBDF, Sharon  Hirshman paid tribute by writing a post on Facebook, “determination, smiling and laughing nature” which “helped her to become a better player”.

Lucindha Lawson who was a teammate of Wiseman paid tribute to her on a Facebook post, saying, “She was one of the most wonderful human beings – funny, caring, and truly special,” also added, “Gemma, it was a great privilege to have played beside you, one of the greatest players I’ve known, and to know you as a person.”

Wiseman was a part of the teams that appeared third at the 2013 Bulgaria’s Deaflympics and the European Football Champions for GB in 2011.

Wiseman performed the role of teaching assistant besides her football career and she also had a here-year-old daughter with Laura, her wife who represented Great Britain.

Since her sudden death on December 16th, a page named GoFundMe was established and has raised over £9,000 along with the tributes which was written to honor the footballer who was “kind and caring”.

The tribute says on the GoFundMe page, “On 16 December 2023 Gemma sadly took her own life. Her family and friends are devastated,”

The tribute continues reading, “Gemma was a kind and caring person with a great sense of humor. Everywhere she went she brought laughter and energy with her and easily made friends with anyone who was lucky enough to meet her.” Additionally, “Gemma leaves behind her devoted wife, Laura, and three-year-old daughter who are at a complete loss without her.”

Moreover, the page added, “We are kindly asking for donations to help pay for Gemma’s funeral and give her the send-off she truly deserves. So, if you are able to donate anything at all this would be hugely appreciated.” Also continued, “Laura is extremely grateful for everyone’s help and support at this difficult time.”

However, Laura shared on her Facebook, thanking everyone for their love and support, and wrote, “It’s okay to not be okay xx.”

Gemma was born on 28th January 1990 in Devon, Plymouth. She had her radiant career on the pitch and also showcased her scooping skills over the years.  While speaking about the successes with the Norfolk FA, she shared, “My biggest achievement is winning Bronze in Italy and it was the best team. We gave everything in those games, and it meant a lot to all of us. My other biggest achievements are getting the England FA caps and Olympic medal.”


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