Paralympian, Speaker, Advocate for Positive Body Image & Founder of JOIN THE REVOLUTION www.jessicasmith.com.au
Jessica Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most avid advocates for positive body image, and as one of Australia’s most sought after motivational speakers & presenters and was recently awarded “Emerging Leader” for 2013, at the Australian Government Positive Body Image Awards
Jessica has been internationally recognised as one of the most influential role models of this generation. She is on a mission to create much needed awareness within society about the importance of Positive Body Image.
Born missing her left forearm, and then as a toddler, suffering horrific third degree burns to 14% of her body, Jessica didn’t have such an easy start to life.
Needless to say, growing up was tough for Jessica as she battled her inner demons in regards to her physical appearance. In a world where so much emphasis is placed on appearance, Jessica felt as though she simply wasn’t good enough and didn’t fit in. Low self esteem and an inability to accept herself unfortunately lead to a decade long struggle with bulimia, anorexia & depression.
Yet her innate ability to push the boundaries saw Jessica excel in sport. Her drive to prove people wrong and achieve at the highest level empowered Jessica to reach her full potential in the swimming pool.
Her swimming career spanned over a decade and in that time Jessica successfully competed for her country at numerous International competitions. Her sporting dreams were realised when she was selected to represent Australia at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.