Jessica Gallagher

Jessica Gallagher (cycling) recorded emphatic victories with pilot Caitlin Ward in both the tandem sprint B – Australia’s very first gold of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games – and tandem time trial B. It was Gallagher’s second Games appearance: In 2018, she wore green and gold finishing second in both the tandem sprint and tandem time trial with guide Maddie Janssen.

Jessica’s career in elite-level para sport is as unique as they come, spanning athletics, skiing, cycling and rowing. On top of that, she is a qualified osteopath with her own practice in Melbourne.

Jess grew up playing netball and basketball, making a number of rep sides and Victorian junior squads. However, she was diagnosed with the rare eye disease cone dystrophy in year 12 and is classified as legally blind. At 21, Jess decided to try para sports and was selected to compete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, before being declared ineligible. Two years later, she made history when she became the first Australian female athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver – bronze in the women’s slalom.

She finished 5th in the long jump and 6th in the javelin at her first summer Paralympics in London in 2012. Sochi 2014 gave Jess another Winter Paralympic bronze, this time in the Giant Slalom.

When long jump was omitted from her classification on the Rio 2016 Paralympic program, Jess turned to cycling, winning another bronze in the time trial, becoming the first Australian to win medals at both Summer and Winter Paralympics.

She made an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for her third Paralympics in Tokyo in rowing before making a triumphant return to the cycling track to qualify for her second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Sport / Discipline

Cycling - Track

Birth Place


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Date of Birth




Gold Coast, 2018

Birmingham, 2022

Results History


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Education Details:

B Applied Science (rMIT) Master of Osteopathy (RMIT)

Club details:

Northcote Cycling Club

Why did you begin your sport?

I wanted to make win medals at both Winter and Summer paralympics. I won medals at the winter games and was competing in para athletics, but switched to cycling because they dropped long jump from the paralympic program.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

Winning my first Paralympic Medal at winter Paras in Vancouver 2010

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

My Mum, excellent role model. A single mother, single income and gave my brother and I every opportunity.

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

My Mother.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

Spend time with family and friends. Go for Coffee with friends.

What is your sporting ambition?

Win Gold on the Gold Coast.


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