GILLAN Jessica < Back  
Sport Para Athletics
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 20 Jul 1990 in Invercargill, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment Congenital
Classification F34
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Dale Gillan
Other names Jessica Hamill
Residence Dunedin, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Clerk
Languages English
Higher education Massage Therapy - Southern Institute of Technology: Invercargill, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up athletics at age 14 at Verdon College in Invercargill, New Zealand.
Why this sport? "To prove that people with an impairment can do sport."
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for New Zealand
Tournament World Championships
Location Assen, NED
General Interest
Nicknames Jess, Tron (Facebook profile, 05 Jan 2021; Instagram profile, 14 Jan 2021)
Hobbies Shopping, socialising. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in the women's F34 shot put at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career Coach Raylene Bates. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries In April 2018 she underwent surgery after sustaining a triple fracture of her left tibia and fibula bones. In September 2018 she broke her tibia bone around the metal that had been inserted into her leg following the initial injury and required another operation. She returned to training in March 2019. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

In December 2015 she fractured a lumbar disc in her spine and was out of action until June 2016. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She has a coffee and relaxes before she competes. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "It is what it is. Get on with it." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a certification as a sports coach. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)