Geelong’s Gallagher strikes gold again!
July 31, 2022 / 10:19 pm
Geelong-born Jess Gallagher has won her second Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Games alongisde pilot Caitlin Ward in the Women’s Tandem B 1000m time trial
The Duo reigstered a time of 1:07.138, ahead of England’s Sophie Unwin and pilot Georgia Holt who finished with a time of 1:07.554 for Silver, and Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn and pilot Ellie Stone’s Bronze Medal time of 1:07.578.
Gallagher and Ward already took out Gold in the Women’s Tandem Sprint B on Saturday morning.
The Gallagher name is well known in Geelong sports circles, with Jess representing Geelong and Victoria Country in basketball, following in her Mum’s footsteps, both also playing netball.
Jess was diagnosed with cone dystrophy in year 12, the cause of the loss of her eyesight which classifies her now as leagally blind.
She became the first Australian female to win a medal at the Winter Paralympic Games taking bronze in the Women’s Slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics – on her birthday of all days!
Gallagher is no stranger to the velodrome, setting a world record and becoming world champion in 2016, also winning bronze in the 1km time trial, and at the 2016 Rio Paralympics she became the first Australian athlete to win a medal at both Summer and Winter games, after success in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 winter games
Image: Gallagher and Caitlin Ward at the 2022 Auscycling Track National Championships [Michael Bails, Instagram ]