Pride of Australia 2013 – Nominee
21. 07. 13
My efforts with JOIN THE REVOLUTION & advocating for positive body image have been recognized and I have been nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal. The youth are our future & I want to ensure they are motivated & confident every day.. I do this because I LOVE it. To be recognized in this capacity is such an honour. My work is only possible because of the support I receive from my family and the community. Thank you SO much for believing in me and what I do. Simply being nominated is the most humbling experience … Forever grateful xxxx
Pride of Australia 2013 Nomination
Jessica Smith is a former Paralympic swimmer, who’s career ended abruptly after a decade long battle with eating disorders and depression finally taking its toll. A life long struggle with negative body image and low self esteem saw Jessica’s lifespiral out of control hitting rock bottom both physically and mentally in her early twenties. She was admitted to hospital where she remained for a period of 6 weeks to help start her on the recovery path. Since then Jessica has been a constant source of inspiration and motivation for young women and men across Australia. Jessica believes that she now has a responsibility to give back to her community by raising much needed awareness and being an avid advocate on the issues surrounding Body Image and Mental Health.
Throughout the past two years Jessica has been travelling across Australia as a Motivational Speaker & Mentor sharing her story and encouraging young Australia’s to give themselves a voice when it comes to the complex issues surrounding Body Image. Jessica mentors many young men and women and has a loyal following of supporters who she inspires on a daily basis.
Jessica has single-handedly created and launched an awareness campaign titled “Join The Revolution” which aims to encourage the youth of Australia to stay connected and help raise awareness about the importance of Positive Body Image. The concept is to encourage positive conversation about body image and shift the way young Australian’s talk to themselves and each other to be more respectful and encouraging. People submit photos holding the Join The Revolution sign to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, this encourages connectivity and prompts positive conservation about Body Image. It’s simple yet extremely powerful.
Jessica has already gained an incredible following, and in doing so is helping to change the lives and future outcomes ofstruggling youth. Jessica has endured so many challenges in her 28 years, not just physically but emotionally and mentally too. The fact that despite all of this, she now proudly talks about her struggles with the hope of helping others is truly remarkable.
Jessica knows how to connect with the youth of Australia, she understands their needs and more importantly she sees that they are the future and therefore she is determined to make sure that they are empowered and motivated every day. Her messages don’t just end once she leaves a school or once her mentoring sessions are over, Jessica leaves a lasting memoryof hope and commitment among all those she comes into contact with.
Jessica is by far the most inspiring person I have ever met, I’m so proud and honoured to see how far she has come and how much further she will undoubtedly go. I think she is truly worthy of this prestigious award.