During her career Howell has had five separate knee operations, yet she has still managed to become an Olympian at London 2012 and a world and European junior bronze medallist.
As a senior, her best result is a seventh place finish at the 2010 World Championships.
Gemma will compete for Team GB at the inaugural Europeans Games at Baku 2015
Disappointment for Burton
Howell suffers Games agony
Judo chief harbours high hopes