The Observatory

Smashing stereotypes about people with disabilities

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Leadership Inspiring Change

Jessis Gallagher with a young vietnamese girl getting her eyes tested

  • What was your inspiration to enter your chosen field?

The love of it. Sport teaches me new things and pushes my limits and dreams every day. It challenges me to be the best person I can be and to see life differently.  

  • What do you want to see happen in your community?

Greater education of disability and the Paralympic movement. While things are improving there are still significant stereotypes about people with disabilities and what they are capable of.

  • How do you see the work that you do contributing towards this goal?

I hope that through my work I can be a good example of what can be achieved. That if you are willing to work hard you can find a way around any obstacle and change people’s perceptions on what is possible.

  • What drives you to achieve this goal?

Every day I strive to be the best version of me. Whether it be in sport or life I’m always looking to take another step forward in what I can do. In sport winning a Paralympic gold medal drives that determination further.

  • What does leadership mean to you?

I see leadership as utilising the skills that you have to help other’s realise their own dreams, I try to lead by example through what I do and the actions I take. One of the biggest things I have learnt is that one person can have a significant impact on the things they believe in and other people—even without knowing it.

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About the Author

Jessica Gallagher wins bronze

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Jessica is the only Australian female Paralympian to compete at both a summer and winter games. She is a dual medallist, winning bronze in skiing at both the Vancouver and Sochi Games. She is currently training for Rio in cycling and practices as an osteopath. In 2011, she became the Global Ambassador for Vision 2020 Australia and is a newly appointed Vision 2020 Australia Board member. Read more by this author →

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