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  • Injury fails to throw athlete off her game

    A BATTLE has been raging within Jess Gallagher in the lead up to the Paralympic Games that begin this week. The timing has not been great, but Gallagher, who aims to become the first Australian to win a medal at a summer and winter Paralympics, knows all she can do is manage the problem and bide her time to her events.

  • Paralympian in bid to overcome injury

    JESSICA Gallagher has declared that a chronic knee injury would not hamper her attempt at the London Paralympics to become the first Australian athlete to win a medal at a winter and summer Games.

  • Life as a dual sport athlete

    Preparing for a Paralympic Games every 2 years is no easy task. Quite simply there isn’t really anything in common between Alpine Skiing and Long Jump and Javelin.

  • 40 days to go

    When you hit the 40 days to go mark it becomes an interesting time in one’s preparation for a Paralympic Games. Training loads are still heavy yet the shift does begin to move into the pre-competition phase. When you hit this point it starts to become exciting. I haven’t actually competed since the Victorian titles in March which means I’ve had 4 months of solid work in the gym and on the track for improvements and to finally get out on the run way for a competition is great as I get to see how I have progressed.


Greatest sporting achievement: First Australian athlete in history to medal at a summer AND winter Para/ Olympics or World Champs. Becoming the first Australian female in Paralympic history to win a winter Paraplympic medal- bronze in the Slalom, Vancouver2010

Greatest achievement off the field: Completing my Masters degree (Osteopathy)

Who is your sporting heroine? My mum

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? It depends on whether I’m ski racing or on the track but 10-12 sessions, 6 days a week, 2-3 hours duration for each session plus recovery sessions, Osteo, Physio, soft tissue and nutrition appointments

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? My ski racing body is completely different to my athletics body but currently I am working on building lean muscle mass which involves a balanced diet along with protein and recovery supplements. This ensures adequate recovery due to my high training load whilst also increasing muscle bulk

What do you love about your sport? I love that I get to represent my country in 2 completely different sports. Racing down a slope gives you a pure adrenalin rush that only the mountains can provide and athletics is the ultimate purity of sport

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? The cold! Standing on the top of a mountain wearing nothing but a lycra speedsuit in minus temperatures with wind chill is not much fun!

What motivates you? Reaching my potential, winning gold medals for Australia!

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? Yes, I am an Osteopath

Three words that describe you: Motivated, loyal, focused

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Go for it! Getting involved, trying new sports and having fun is the key!

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“I support Women for Sport day because I want to help empower women of all ages and abilities to reach their dreams and to show them that anything is possible.”