It is a huge honour to be included in this fantastic article on young Aussie’s doing some incredible things in their lives. Below is an excerpt from The Cusp’s article. Please be sure to click on the link at the bottom to read about the fascinating things everyone else is up to (just way too long to add it all in this one little blog!)
– Meet the young Aussies making an impact –
The thing about greatness is that, despite everyone wanting it, many of us never think we’ll achieve it. It’s considered a lofty title, reserved for those larger-than-life figures changing the world; the likes of Martin Luther King, Amelia Earhart, Stephen Hawking or Malala Yousafzai. But we believe that greatness comes in many forms.
That’s why we’ve decided to pull together a list of young Australians that may not be household names yet, but who are doing incredible things. We met these game-changers, innovators and all-around legends at Junket, a weekend of discussion and debate about Australia’s future put on by our sister site Junkee last year.
The 20 people here represent a broad range of cultures, experience and fields – from an activist and model using fashion to enact social change, to an engineer with a passion for youth empowerment and motorsport. Many of them have already achieved greatness in their own fields, but those achievements have largely been unsung – until now.
Jessica Gallagher’s is a story of boundary smashing and limit trashing. She’s a legally blind alpine skier; track and field athlete; and tandem cyclist, as well as Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist. Jessica is all about changing the way the world sees people with blindness or vision impairment, and what they are capable of. Not bad for someone who was told they’d never qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics as a skier. “I certainly didn’t listen,” she explains, “and it turned out fairly well given I not only qualified but won my first Paralympic medal – and on my birthday.” Take that, naysayers.
Jessica has enough tenacity and fearlessness to go around, so she gives back by professionally speaking and sharing her story with others. “If one person takes something from my journey to help their own world, it is an incredible experience to be a part of,” she says.
Photography by Daniel Boud