FOR many years Gemma Boulton’s epilepsy caused her schoolwork to suffer.
But the 13-year-old Hayling College pupil’s life turned round when she was introduced to the sport of baton twirling.
With lots of hard work, after getting her epilepsy under control with medication, the teenager has gone on to win dozens of awards and competed at national level.
And now Gemma has been chosen as a role model for the charity Epilepsy UK.
Her mum Vicki said: ‘From the ages of seven to nine, Gemma’s biggest accomplishments were being able to recall what had happened at the end of each school day, completing her homework or even managing to attend a full week at school without suffering an episode.’
She added: ‘We encouraged her to take up sports including baton twirling to boost her confidence which was at an all time low.
‘She struggled at first and her twirling didn’t come naturally but after six years training up to 10 hours per week, success was imminent.’