AIS Paralympic Alpine Skiing - Jessica Gallagher
With guide Eric Bickerton, Jessica claimed bronze in the women’s vision-impaired Slalom, capping an amazing rise in the sport after joining the APC’s Alpine Skiing program in 2009 following a career as a gifted track and field athlete. And to make her momentous Paralympic medal even more special, she was able to win it on her 24th birthday.
Jessica describes herself as friendly, outgoing and focused firmly on success. Although relatively new to winter sport, she won a gold medal at her first international event, the 2009 New Zealand Winter Games, and broke through for her first IPC World Cup medal in Austria in January, 2010.
And although she has firm plans to compete at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games in 2014, she has resumed her athletics career in the hope of competing at the London Summer Games in 2012. In April, she competed at the Australian Athletics Championships and is now focused on the IPC World Athletics Championships held in New Zealand in January 2011.
Away from the snow, Jessica continues to compete in long jump, discus, shot-putting and sprinting, and playing able-bodied netball and basketball. The athletes that inspire Jessica most are Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi and Australian long jumper Gary Honey, who won silver at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.