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Dr Jessica

Dual Summer & Winter Paralympic Medallist


Profiled as one of 200 Women Who Will Change The Way You See The World Jessica’s sporting credentials as the first Australian dual summer and winter Paralympic medallist speaks for itself but it’s her ability to bring the authenticity of her unique life experiences both in business and on the sporting field and create synergy with her audience that is unique.

Jessica is an Osteopath in private practice, Board Director and global ambassador for Vision 2020 Australia and ambassador for Vision Australia and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. However, it’s more likely you’ve seen her fore ray into the sporting word or better said… worlds.

An Australian representative in 4 sports (athletics, alpine skiing, track cycling and rowing), the first Australian to have medalled at a summer and winter Paralympics or Olympics, the first Australian women to medal at a winter Paralympics and multiple World and Commonwealth
Championships- all with a slight twist. In 2022 Jessica has represented Australia in both rowing and track cycling.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ski down a mountain at 100km/hr? Or to ride on a tandem bike you can’t control at 68km/hour? How you might do this when you’re vision impaired and being instructed by someone else acting as your eyesight? Would you have the courage to trust someone when they literally take your life into their hands?

Jessica will challenge you to think differently and see your world from a whole new perspective.

Her inspiring story is unlike any other.

Talking Points

Are You Ready?

Trust, communication and change

Hurtling down a mountain at over 100km/hour with someone else acting as your sight there is no greater skill required than trust. It’s a critical element to Jessica’s 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 and communication 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's not what you see but how you choose to see it

Leadership & Team Work

As an elite performer, Jessica’s 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 are real and profound regardless of the environment. In order to succeed it’s critical leaders get it right. In this keynote Jessica shares the lessons she has learned in developing her ability to interchange between being led, leading others and the impact of when it goes wrong (and how to stop it from going wrong!)

The Agile Mind

Embracing our relationship with fear and risk

How do you remain agile at the time when risk and fear strike? 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 performance. It’s easier than you might think to create a positive, empowered mindset to ensure you achieve your goals.
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 Coca Cola

A great key note speaker should be able to change the way you see the world, this is so true for Jessica. Jessica’s ability to share courage, trust, diversity and persistence through her experiences is first class. So natural, so wonderful, so inspirational. Jessica is someone your people need to hear from. Her story will stay with me forever and one that I will continue to share with others in life.

ANZ Caruso’s Natural Health

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 “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. Afterwards she attended our dinner and won the hearts of all who were there, speaking with the children, showing them her medal and interacting so naturally with attendees. Highly recommended!

GPS Wealth Ltd

Jessica is an inspiring and immensely popular keynote speaker. She always delivers a wonderful session at our events, offering a positive message and many practical take-aways.

The Eventful Group

What a great finale Jess provided for our conference of 250 primary school leaders on the Gold Coast. We all have a story and no story is uninteresting, but Jess’s story is one well worth listening to. It is inspirational, motivational and intriguing. It is a story of courage, resilience and integrity. It is a story of love and trust, perseverance and dedication. Moreover, Jess is a great storyteller and is able to balance humour and passion into her story while leaving us as an audience in awe of the challenges overcome and the depth of her achievements. Jess will inspire any individual or group to set goals and be the best they can be while staying true to the values they believe in.

Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane

Dr Jessica Gallagher not only delivers a remarkable presentation, she also takes those in the room along for the ride with her inspiring story that captivates the entire audience. Jessica shows that no matter your capabilities, anything is achievable with passion, determination, strength and persistence in what you enjoy most in life. Jessica leaves the audience wanting more and more!

ASFA - The Voice of Super

Jessica’s keynote presentation, Trust - Mindset - Courage was just what we needed to end the Travel Industry 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 presented at Australia Post’s Corporate Health and Wellbeing day. Jess’ presentation certainly left our people with a lasting impression and created many new Paralympic fans in the process. Jess is a remarkably inspiring and determined World Champion, World Record Holder, Osteopath and Director! While her achievements speak for themselves, it was her honest and down to earth approach in sharing her personal stories of success that truly connected with our people. The adversity that she has overcome along her journey is outstanding. Our people left the seminar feeling uplifted and empowered to challenge their choices and the way they think about Health and Wellbeing - so thank you Jess.

Australia Post

Fearless, brave, determined and simply amazing are just few of the many words to describe Jessica Gallagher. It was really very inspiring to hear Jessica's story and it was well articulated to every little detail from the day the illness rob Jessica's sight to her achieving so much for Australia today. Highly recommended! ~ Courage is knowing what not to fear - Winston Churchill~


Thanks to our I Support Women in Sport (ISWIS) campaign, I crossed paths with this inspiring, driven, vivacious and smart woman about five years ago. While I'm impressed with her sporting and eduction achievements, I've been even more impressed by her off-field performance. She is the utmost professional. She was the keynote speaker at our 2014 ISWIS Awards' night and she was absolutely fantastic - well-prepared, interesting and had the room riveted the entire time she was on stage. I look forward to working with this fantastic woman in the future (and not just because she goes for the same footy team. Go Geelong!).

Women's Health Magazine

Jess is an amazing speaker - her stories are captivating! We really appreciate her efforts to tailor her content to our conference theme, which tied up all the messaging really well for our participants/audience. Jess is very down-to-earth, open to conversations, and candid to answer questions. We felt lucky that the stars aligned so she can grace our event. More power to Jess and Saxton team for making it possible!

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