About Jessica Gallagher

Jess' sporting story:

In 2010 Jess became Australia’s first female Winter Paralympic medallist when she won bronze in the women’s Vision Impaired Slalom alongside guide Eric Bickerton. She returned to athletics upon her return from Vancouver and in 2011, just 8 months after the winter Paralympics Jess became the first Australian to medal at both a Winter and Summer international championship when she won silver in long jump and bronze in the javelin at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In 2012, Jess qualified to participate at the London Summer Paralympics, but tore her meniscus six weeks out from competition. Despite being severely hampered by her injury in both training and competition, Jess participated in both long jump and javelin, finishing fifth and sixth in her events.

She again switched back to alpine skiing and at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics Jess won her second bronze medal, this time in the Giant Slalom with guide Christian Geiger.

In pursuit of her long term goal of becoming Australia's first athlete to medal at a summer AND winter Paralympics and due to Long Jump being removed from the Rio Paralympics Jess has transitioned to track cycling.

In March 2016 she made her debut for Australia as a cyclist in stunning form becoming World Champion and claiming a new World Record in the process in the women’s tandem sprint alongside her pilot Maddie Janseen. They also won bronze in the 1 kilometre Time Trial. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Jessica created Australan sporting history becoming the first Australian athlete (Paralympic or Olympic) to medal at a summer AND winter Games after winning bronze in the 1km Time Trial.

Outside of her sporting activities, Jess is a practising Osteopath, motivational speaker (sharing her story of losing over 90% of her eye sight as a 17 year old to her journey to date), Board Director and global ambassador for Vision 2020 Australia, ambassador for Vision Australia/ Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.

To learn more check out www.jessgallagher.com.au

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