At just 16 years old, Jessica-Jane marked her Paralympic debut in style – having qualified fastest in her main event (the 200m freestyle S14) she found herself lying in bronze medal position as she entered the final length. However, she finished the race on top of the podium to become Paralympic Champion, having taken two seconds from her personal best with a Paralympic record time of 2:12.63. She was also the first British S14 swimmer to stand at the top of the Paralympic podium at London 2012.
Since London 2012, Jessica-Jane has continued to impress on the international stage, securing medals at every major championship.
At the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, she came home with gold, silver and bronze. She also made her IPC Swimming European Championship debut in 2014 in Eindhoven, adding another three medals to her collection with silver in the 200m freestyle and bronzes over 100m backstroke S14 and 200m individual medley SM14.
In 2015 she went on to become world champion in the 100m backstroke S14 with silvers in the 200m freestyle S14 and 200m individual medley SM14, while she won another three medals for Great Britain at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Championships.
At Rio 2016 she claimed three medals with silvers coming in the 200m freestyle and medley races and bronze in the 100m backstroke.
In recognition of her achievements, Jessica-Jane was shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in December 2012. In the 2013 New Year's Honours, she was awarded a MBE.
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