In August 2014 Jess was asked if she would like to try riding a tandem bicycle. When she turned up to the velodrome there waiting to pilot her first tandem experience was Shane Kelly! Zipping around the track she instantly fell in love with the adrenalin buzz, it being somewhat similar to that of skiing. With her long term goal of becoming Australia’s first athlete to medal at a summer AND winter Paralympics Jess made the decision right there. She was becoming a cyclist.
In March 2016 Jess made her debut for Australia in her third sport and alongside her tandem pilot Madison Janssen they became WORLD CHAMPIONS in the Tandem Match Sprint breaking the flying 200m World Record in the process clocking 11.045s. They also won a bronze medal in the 1km Time Trial. WATCH their gold medal win below!
Consequently they have been named to the 2016 Australian Paralympic Cycling Team and will be competing at the Rio Paralympics in September 2016.