Para-athlete-turned-Para-alpine-skier-turned-Para-cyclist Jessica Gallagher knows how to keep us on our toes.

She first made history in 2010, when she became the first female athlete from Australia to win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games, and again in 2016, when she became the first Australian to win a medal at the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games.

Jessica achieved selection to her first Australian Paralympic Team in Para-athletics in 2008. However, on the day before the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, disaster struck – classifiers determined that she was 0.1 degrees too sighted in her right eye to be eligible to compete, and it was another four years before Jessica was permitted to return to the Paralympic track and field, blind and ready to win gold.

However, a meniscus tear just weeks before the London 2012 Paralympic Games hampered her campaign, and she placed fifth in the women’s long jump …

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Date of birth
14 March 1986
Sport
Para-cycling
Past Paralympic Games

Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016

Impairment
Vision impairment
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Highton, VIC
Occupation
Motivational speaker, osteopath, athlete
Started competing
2006
First competed for Australia
2010
Sport career highlights

Becoming the first Australian athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games

Greatest sporting moments

Becoming the first female athlete to win a medal for Australia at the Paralympic Winter Games

Heroes/role models

Her mum

Favourite quote
Why follow paths lived by others when you can create your own path and destiny?

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 3000m individual pursuit Classification: B
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 1000m time trial Classification: B

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