Vision impaired athlete Jessica Gallagher made history at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games when she became Australia’s first female representative to medal at the Winter Paralympic Games.

Capping an incredible rise in alpine skiing since joining the program in 2009, Jessica won a bronze medal in the slalom with guide Eric Bickerton.

This Winter Games success followed her selection to represent Australia in long jump, discus, shot put and the 100m sprint at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Unfortunately, the day before the Opening Ceremony, Paralympic classifiers determined her right eye to be 0.1 of a degree too sighted to compete.

A meniscus tear just weeks before competition hampered her preparation for London 2012, resulting in a fifth place finish in long jump and sixth in javelin.

2014 was an interesting year for Jessica. After winning Paralympic bronze in the giant slalom with guide Christian Geiger, she was asked …

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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 – Stargardt’s macular dystrophy
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Melbourne, VIC
Occupation
Athlete and osteopath
Started competing
2014
Sport career highlights

Becoming the first Australian Para-athlete to medal in both summer and winter sports at an international level

Greatest sporting moments

Becoming Australia’s first female representative to medal at the Winter Paralympic Games

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Individual pursuit Classification: B3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 1km time trial Classification: B3

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