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Speaker profile for GINA HOPKINS: Speaking at Naidex

Speaker Name: GINA HOPKINS

Company Name: Adaptive Martial Arts CIC

Seminar Title: Panel Session - Inclusive Sports: Living an Active Life

Sport offers both physical and psychological benefits for people with disabilities.

Listen in as our panellists discuss the benefits of an active lifestyle and offer advice on how to find the sports most suitable for you.


Growing up with a rare disease it was quickly apparent at a young age that I needed to learn as much as I could about my body, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and neurophysiology. This was to aid myself in gaining the most function from my body possible, especially being an active child.

As my condition progressed going through my teeenage years I began to realise how much the visible and non visible parts of my condition changed the way people behaved around me and naturally this undermined my confidence. Until I fell in love with the fickle world of sport and competing, then everything changed and my confidence grew.

This was despite the good, the bad and the ugly when navigating talent selection, Sport England recognised sports and amateur sports. Coming across so many barriers which are not always obvious has led me to some great achievements, from completing my MSc., founding the first known disabled Brazilian Jim Jitsu competition, to help gain a World Record in Disabled Strongman, working with Bristol City Council and partners to improve participation in sport and exercise and setting up my successful business, Adaptive Martial Arts CIC (AMA).