In September 2007 Jess was offered the opportunity to learn to ski by the Australian Paralympic Committee after they discovered she had spent 2 winters in Vail/ Beaver Creek, Colorado on a working holiday and learning to snowboard. She jumped at the chance and found herself falling in love with alpine ski racing. After the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics she moved to Winter Park, Colorado to learn to ski race.
Jess has numerous World Cup wins and podiums to her name and at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics Jess along with her guide Eric Bickerton, became Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist when they won a bronze in the Slalom.
At the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics Jess won another bronze medal this time in the Giant Slalom with guide Christian Geiger.
Since the Sochi Winter Paralympics Jess has transitioned from alpine skiing into track cycling in preparation to qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics and currently has her rankings on hold. To date her World Ranking in Slalom is 1 and Giant Slalom is 6.
Yesterday was a very special day getting to meet Alfie (pictured), his brother William & Diana & Rob (Mum & Dad) to take Alfie for his first ski! ⛷⛄❄ Can you imagine the heartbreak at being told your newborn baby had an eye condition? Worse still that he wouldn't live a fulfilled life, would be bullied at school & never get a job because of his low vision... yep a Doctor actually told Diana & Rob this (isn't this just AWFUL! Makes me SO mad ). So this talented film producer & her hubby made it their mission to share their story, that there are no limits to little Alfie's life. I was so touched when Diana reached out to ask if I would share my story as an example of someone who 15 years after diagnosis has never let my low vision impede my dreams. Yesterday was so special because I got to show Alfie that firsthand & boy was he full of beans telling me to just go faster & faster! 💕 The only challenges this family are going to have are Diana & Rob being scared when Alfie goes for everything (perhaps like every time Mum saw me ski race 😂). Can't wait to share this beautiful piece when it's finished. Thanks to @mt_buller for supporting Diana's film. We had a wonderful time skiing! 📸 @acfoley @dianafisk #lowvision #blindness