Dr Jessica Gallagher

Travels from: Victoria

Feel motivated and inspired to achieve. A summer and winter Olympian.

Categories: Adventure & Challenge, Inspirational, Motivational Speakers, Olympians, Resilience

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Having to put all her trust into the hands of another person, Jess Gallagher’s story is sure to motivate any audience. Her story about losing her eyesight slowly enabled her to put her life into perspective and she encourages audiences to do the same,

Beginning to lose her sight at the age of 17 due to a degenerative and rare eye disease, Jess had to let go of her dreams of becoming a professional netballer. She had to trust those around her to lead her through her life.

At the age of 21, she discovered, by pure chance, the world of Paralympic sports. In 2008 Gallagher was banned from competing at the Beijing Paralympics, due to her eyesight being better than her competitors.

Two years later, as her eyesight continued to deteriorate, Jess participated in the 2010 Paralympics in Canada. It was there were she became Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist.

Since then, in both athletics and skiing, Jess has become a dual summer and winter Paralympian. She won her second bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Jess created stunning sporting history becoming the first Australian athlete- Olympic or Paralympic to medal at both a summer and winter games when she won bronze in the 1km Time Trial.

She is a certified osteopath currently working with an elite professional sporting team, and is a global ambassador and board director for Vision 2020 Australia, as well as an ambassador for Disabled WinterSport Australia and Vision Australia.

Jess uses her deteriorating eyesight to teach companies and business the true meaning of trust, how to take opportunity as soon as it arises and how to improve performance by having the foresight to predict the results.

Jess Gallagher is an inspirational woman who never let her eyesight get in the way of achieving whatever she desired. Audiences leave her presentations feeling motivated and prepared to better their own lives.

As the global pandemic continues, Jess Gallagher can tailor her presentation to discuss the effects coronavirus has on remaining agile during tough times. Jess can present her keynote speech by virtual broadcast to your organisation through videoconferencing, live streaming and Zoom events.

Speaker Topics

Are You Ready?
Hurtling down a mountain at over 100km/hour with someone else acting as your sight there is no greater skill required than trust. It is a critical element to Jessica and her success as a summer and winter Paralympic medallist, Osteopath and Board Director and yet trust in business and society globally is at an all-time low. In this keynote Jessica will share how she develops, builds and sustains trust whilst adapting to the variabilities around her. The only constant we have in life is that change and trust are necessary for growth and sustainable success. Are you ready?
It is not what you see, but how you choose see it
As an elite performer Jessica and her success is underpinned by the guides that support her to compete, not unlike a manager working with a team. The ever changing dynamics of leadership and team work when coupled with complexity and risk is real and profound regardless of the environment. In order to succeed it is critical leaders get it right. In this keynote Jessica shares the lessons she has learnt in developing her ability to interchange between being led, leading others and the impact of when it goes wrong as well as how to stop it from going wrong.
Making the time to live better
In our fast paced, complex lives it is easy to lose sight of looking after your greatest asset, you. As an Osteopath, Jess is asked the ultimate question on a weekly basis, how can I gain work/ life balance? In this keynote Jess will help you see health and wellbeing from a new perspective, share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and give you the tips and tools she has used to create positive and sustainable habits to live your best life. How will you make the time to live better?
The Agile Mind
How do you remain agile at the time when risk and fear strikes? As a high performance athlete in the dangerous world of Alpine Skiing, Jessica shares the practical ways she shaped her risk appetite and turned fear into a must have component of her mindset, skill and performances. It is easier than you might think to create a positive, empowered mindset to ensure you achieve your goals.


I think she was a real inspiration, the achievements she has accomplished is just amazing. She is one very strong woman and is an inspiration to the rest of us that no matter what life throws our way there is a way to overcome it. In her story, Jess demonstrates the amazing power of resilience and perseverance to face and overcome whatever challenges or obstacles life throws at you. I particularly enjoyed the experiential element to her presentation where she was able to facilitate to show us what she experience every day with her as well those crazy adrenaline filled moments skiing down a mountain on video. I’m proud to call Jessica a fellow Australian and I hope she continues to inspire and conquer her next challenge which I have no doubt that she will.

Caruso’s Natural Health

Jess is the best keynote speaker we have ever had, hands down. An inspiring lady who is able to transform a room. I couldn’t recommend Jess more highly


Jessica’s keynote presentation, Trust - Mindset - Courage was just what we needed to end the Exhibition and Conference. She was an absolute pleasure to work with in the lead up to the conference and onsite. Professional and personable. I would definitely recommend Jess to my clients and colleagues!

Nectar Creative Communications

Jess is an extraordinary and inspiring person who has achieved so much despite the challenges that she has faced. As the Keynote Speaker, she took the audience on an emotional journey that captured their hearts. She delivered her presentation with such infectious enthusiasm and professionalism. She is very well organised and a pleasure to work with before and during the conference. Her message is related back to the business world in a very effective way. I would highly recommend Jess as a speaker, the feedback we received from the audience was overwhelmingly positive.

ECM Victorian User Group

Jess was our “all important closing speaker” on the first day of our Annual Conference. Wow. In the room, you could hear a pin drop. Everyone hung on every word of her amazing story of drive, perseverance in the face of adversity and her courage and self-belief. I think we all felt a little insignificant after listening to Jess. Highly recommended!

GPS Wealth Ltd

ess was great. She has a remarkable story which provides a lot of material to work with. I was positioned at the front of the room assisting people as they left the stage and during her presentation I was able to see everyone in the room. Jess had everyone engaged from start to finish. Her message was crystal clear. The feedback has been very positive and everyone enjoyed the presentation. Jess was extremely professional and we will recommend her as a speaker for other events.

North Queensland Sports Foundation

Jess was really well received and did a great job for us. It was a really good conference and she was an important part of that.


We’ve engaged Jess for a few conferences to come and speak under the theme of Courage. No one is left untouched by her unbelievable story. She is an inspiring, brave, courageous young lady who everyone needs to hear!


Jess was our closing speaker for our 2 day conference, she was such an inspiration and motivated everyone in the room. She was the perfect end to the conference and an amazing person.

Fernwood Fitness

Jessica was a fantastic asset to our night. She was readily available for photo opportunities and was great mingling with the crowd before the awards started. Jessica was also well received during the Q&A and was both inspiring and interesting when she spoke. Would highly recommend Jessica!

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