It’s hard to not feel inspired by Esmée Gummer.
In 2009 and at the age of 18, Esmée was about to commence her training at a Professional Dance College when she underwent minor surgery that took a wrong turn. She became paralysed from the waist down and was told that she could never walk again, bringing her hopes and dreams of becoming a Professional Dancer to a devastating end. Refusing to give up on herself, Esmée endured intense physiotherapy and, despite the odds, taught her body to stand, walk and eventually run.
Esmée is now a leading fitness instructor, gaining the title of GQ Star Trainer for London in 2015, just six years after her surgery. Using her own experience, she motivates and encourages people to achieve their goals not just physically but mentally, enabling them to feel the best possible version of themselves.
Esmée is no stranger to being on screen. She co-hosted the recent BBC 3 series ‘Work It: Body Confidence Stories’ which saw her mentor and train people to overcome their issues with body confidence.
She also appeared in the most recent series of Channel 4’s ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and reached the final where she ranked 9th out of 25. It was the first series that saw female recruits compete alongside men, making her one of the first females in History to be put through the Armed Forces selection process.
Esmée is frequent motivational speaker and has collaborated with brands on a number of campaigns. She was also the online presenter for the London Marathon in 2019 after competing in 2018, something she never thought would be physically possible to her.