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GALLAGHER Jessica
Sport Alpine Skiing, Athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born14 Mar 1986 in Geelong, AUS
Height1.78 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Visual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital - Illness
Classification
T13, F13, B3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Geelong, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Osteopath
Languages
English
Higher education
Osteopathy - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [RMIT]: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in 2007.
Why this sport?
She first tried snowboarding while on a trip to Colorado, United States, and realised that she was adept at it.
Name of coach
Steve Graham [national]
Coach from which country?
Australia
Training Regime
She trains six times per week.
General Interest
Nicknames
Jess (mountainwatch.com, 12 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Supporting Australian rules football team the Essendon Bombers, spending time with family and friends, travelling. (paralympic.org.au, 04 Nov 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (paralympic.org.au, 04 Nov 2011)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (au.lifestyle.yahoo.com, 07 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Olympic hammer champion Koji Murofushi, Australian Olympic long jumper Gary Honey. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jul 2009; mountainwatch.com, 12 Mar 2010)
Injuries
She was concussed after falling in February 2014, a month ahead of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. She experienced dizziness and high blood pressure while competing at the Games, which was linked to the previous concussion. (brisbanetimes.com.au, 12 Mar 2014)

In June 2012 she tore the meniscus in her knee while training. She recovered from the injury in time to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London but had knee surgery afterwards and returned to training in October 2012. (surfcoasttimes.com.au, 19 Oct 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Why follow paths lived by others when you can create your own path and destiny." (paralympic.org.au, 04 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2010 she was named Female Australian Paralympian of the Year. (paralympic.org.au, 04 Nov 2011)
Other sports
She competed for the Australian U16 netball team, and also represented the state of Victoria in basketball. She competed in long jump and javelin at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (london2012.paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2013)
Famous relatives
Her mother Doreen has won six gold medals at world indoor rowing championships. (mountainwatch.com, 12 March 2010)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal in slalom and reach the podium in giant slalom at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and become the first Australian athlete to win a medal at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. (theguardian.com, 07 Mar 2014; surfcoasttimes.com.au, 19 Oct 2012)
Impairment
She was born with macular dystrophy. (heraldsun.com.au, 16 Mar 2010)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
In 2012 she became the first athlete to represent Australia at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games, after competing in long jump and javelin in London and alpine skiing at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. She was the first Australian woman to win a medal at a Paralympic Winter Games, when she claimed bronze in the slalom in 2010 in Vancouver. She was also the first Australian woman to win medals at international level in both winter and summer para-sports, first winning bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and then silver in long jump at the 2011 Para-Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. (jessgallagher.com.au, 04 Jul 2013; london2012.paralympic.org.au, 2012; surfcoasttimes.com.au, 19 Oct 2012)

AMBASSADOR
She has worked as a global ambassador for Vision 2020, which aims to prevent avoidable blindness all over the world. In October 2012 she visited Vietnam to experience the programmes set up by the organisation. (jessgallagher.blogspot.co.uk, 31 Oct 2012, vision2020australia.org.au, 04 Oct 2013)

BEIJING
She attended the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing as a medical administrator. She had intended to compete in long jump and shot put, but was told her visual impairment was not severe enough to compete. (adelaidenow.com.au, 15 Mar 2010; vancouver2010.paralympic.org.au, 13 Jul 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2012 Javelin Throw F12-F13 33.56
5 2012 Long Jump F13 5.03
World Championships - Athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2011 Javelin Throw F13 33.75
2 2011 Long Jump F13 5.51
Paralympic Games - Alpine Skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.35
7 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:24.64
7 2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:42.55
3 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:02.11