Vision-impaired athlete Jessica Gallagher, will present her motivational story to delegates at the Southern Regional Congress (SRC) this May.
She created history at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver by becoming the first Australian woman to win a Winter Paralympic Games medal.
The former Victorian netballer had previously been barred from the Beijing Paralympics when she was unexpected deemed “not blind enough” just a day before the opening ceremony. However, her sight deteriorated further and, at the age of 24, after just 150 days on the snow, Gallagher took the bronze medal with guide Eric Bickerton, who led her down the 610m Slalom course in Vancouver.
The gifted athlete also competed at the IPC World Athletics Championships in February this year, winning bronze in the F13 Javelin and the silver in the F13 Long Jump – making her the only Australian athlete to have won medals at a major international meet (Olympics or World Champs) in both winter and summer competition!
Jessica Gallagher will speak at SRC 2011 on Saturday 14 May at 5.15pm.