Jessica Smith is an accomplished speaker and MC. The former Paralympian represented Australia for seven years in the sport of swimming. Since retiring from international competition she has dedicated her life to raising awareness around Mental Health and Mental Illness with specific emphasis on body image and eating disorders. Her aim is to highlight that Mental Health is about wellness, rather than illness.
Jessica Smith was born without a left arm, as a teenager she went on to represent Australia for swimming in the 2004 Paralympic Games, and as a young adult she broke free from depression and an eating disorder. But perhaps the most important story there is to tell when it comes to Jessica, is that of the inspiring woman she is today; an internationally recognised advocate for positive body image, a loving wife & mother, and an author & storyteller.
Jessica has stood on many platforms; throughout schools, universities, businesses, and communities as a sought after motivational & public speaker and MC.
She created the award winning social media campaign 'Join The Revolution' and is an ambassador for Layne Beachley’s 'Aim For The Stars Foundation'.
She was recently awarded 'Emerging Leader' by the Australian Government at the Positive Body Image Awards and was recently awarded a 'Pride of Australia Medal' in Western Australia. In 2015, Jessica was also a state finalist for 'Young Australian of the Year'.
With all these accolades aside, Jessica's proudest life moment is recently becoming a mother. This new path to motherhood inspired her to create a series of books that celebrates children's differences, and encourages self confidence, no matter their physical appearance.
The first book is titled 'Little Miss Jessica Goes To School'.