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.
Absolutely loved being the opening #speaker at the #RedBull #athlete summit in Byron Bay! Very surreal but awesome getting to share my story with athletes who have inspired & motivated me seeing their adventures & journey unfold! Big thanks to @redbullau for inviting me to join in on all the fun... including a surprise post dinner private set by @blissneso! Epic! Oh & I managed a teeny tiny bit of down time in this over water day bed @elementsofbyron ... SO good! 👌 Check out my Insta story for some BHS action! ✌