You can nominate a woman like Jess Gallagher, the first Australian athlete to win both Summer and Winter Paralympic medals.

Jess represents Australia in skiing, athletics and cycling. She grew up in Geelong, playing netball and basketball, but was diagnosed with cone dystrophy, a rare eye disease when she was in Year 12.

She is now classified as legally blind but hasn’t let it get in the way of her love for sports.

Jess was selected to represent Australia at the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics in athletics but couldn’t compete as she was 0.01% too sighted to be eligible.

That’s when she gave alpine skiing a shot and ended up competing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics. She won a bronze medal in the Women’s Slalom event with her guide, Eric Bickerton.

While continuing to compete in athletics and alpine skiing events, Jess began training for track cycling.

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Jess became the first Australian to win a Summer and Winter Paralympics medal when she won bronze in the one-kilometre time trial with her tandem cycling pilot Maddie Janssen.

This year, Jess was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for her work as the Board Director of Vision 2020 Australia.

Nominate a groundbreaking woman like Jess Gallagher in our tunnel boring machine naming competition and you could win a VIP tunnel boring experience.

Entries close on Sunday 7 October.

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