GALLAYS Jill < Back  
Sport Wrestling - Freestyle
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 20 Oct 1986
Height1.65 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence St. Catharines, ON, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Human Movement Studies - University of Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began wrestling in high school.
Club / Team Brock WC: St. Catharines, ON, CAN
Name of coach Marty Calder [club]; Leigh Vierling [national]
Training Regime She trains for up to four hour a day, six days a week. The training includes six sessions on the mat, four cardio sessions and four weight training sessions.
General Interest
Injuries She dislocated her elbow in November 2014 and then tore the lateral collateral ligament in her right knee in January 2015. Later in 2015 she tore the medial collateral ligament and meniscus in her left knee when two girls fell on her leg during a training camp. (ckom.com, 07 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Everyone has obstacles to face. It is how you choose to face the problem that defines who you are. I always try to find the positive from every difficult situation." (jilliangallays.com, 12 Apr 2016)
Awards and honours In 2010 she was named Most Outstanding Senior Female Athlete by the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association in Canada. (saskwrestling.com, 15 Dec 2010)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ckom.com, 07 Mar 2016)
Other information EDUCATION
She was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age and had to make extra effort to keep up in school. She has since graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada with a degree in kinesiology. She credits wrestling with helping her graduate university by teaching her time management skills and motivating her to improve. "It took me seven years to get a four-year degree. It is challenging [being a student-athlete]. It's a little more time consuming than just being a regular student in my opinion." (ckom.com, 07 Mar 2016; thestar.com, 06 Nov 2014; jilliangallays.com, 25 Jun 2014; The Star Phoenix, 22 Sep 2010)