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Gemma Wiseman: GB and England deaf women’s footballer dies aged 33

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Wiseman represents the UK and England Deaf Women’s team

Gemma Wiseman, who represented England and England’s deaf women’s team, has died at the age of 33.

Wiseman helped GB to third place at the 2016 Deaf World Cup.

A statement from the Football Association on Friday said they were “devastated” by her passing.

“We are all extremely saddened to learn of Gemma’s passing,” said Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football.

“We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

“Gemma was an outstanding individual and player who represented England on many occasions, including at the World Deaf Futsal Championships in 2015, and she will be greatly missed.”

Wiseman was also a member of the teams that finished third at the 2013 Deaflympics in Bulgaria and the 2011 European Football Championship for GB.

Wiseman works as a teaching assistant alongside his football career and has a three-year-old daughter with his wife, Laura, who also represents Great Britain.

Since her death on December 16, a GoFundMe page has been set up and more than £9,000 has been raised – with tributes written to honor the “kind and thoughtful” footballer.

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

“Gemma is a kind, thoughtful person with a great sense of humor. Wherever she goes she brings her laughter and energy with her and easily makes friends with anyone lucky enough to meet her.

“Gemma leaves behind her devoted wife, Laura, and three-year-old daughter completely lost without her.”

An inquest into her death has been opened at Norfolk Coroner’s Court with the next hearing taking place in July.

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