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.
So excited to officially be selected to the Australian #Cycling team for the @gc2018commonwealthgames! It was a huge decision to not retun to ski racing ⛷ & aim for my 3rd winter Paralympics but the lure of competing on home soil at a Comm Games was just too strong. Only SIX Fridays to go @maddiejanssen ...! Yessss!!! 💚🇦🇺💛🚲 @commgamesaus @cyclingaustralia @ausparalympics @gc2018 @vicinstsport #aussiecycling #paracycling #tandem #sharethedream #thisisqueensland
Sochi & ski racing feels like a lifetime ago! ⛷ Going to miss being at the winter Paralympics this year but something else exciting is on my mind! 🚲 Damn sport clashes... ! #Repost @paralympics (@get_repost) ・・・ 22 days to @pyeongchang2018! Let’s focus on @ausparalympics! 🇦🇺 Last time out Toby Kane claimed bronze along with @jessgallagher86 and guide Christian Geiger! 🥉🥉🎿 A word also must go to 11 time medallist @miltohq! 👏🏽
What a special experience carrying the @gc2018 #QBR2018 in my hometown of #Geelong! The sport mad community where all my dreams began! The weather was perfect, we nailed the 🖐, I didn't drop the #baton as I passed it to the king of Gtown @cameron_ling_45 & always nice to catch up with my fellow Geelong Paralympian @richcolman84 👍 Thanks to all the wondetful staff, volunteers & everyone who came out to watch, it was an honour to be there! Bring on the Games!!!