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 …Read More