Jessica-Jane Applegate’s first real taste of success was at the 2011 British International Disability Championships where she found herself gracing the international podium at just 15 years old.
She received a bronze medal for the MC 50m Freestyle and since then, has rarely left a major meet medal-less.
Applegate set one of the fastest times in the world over 50m and the 200m Freestyle at the 2011 Wales Winter Open, solidifying her potential as a world class international para-swimmer in the S14 classification.
Her most successful moment to date came at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London where Applegate qualified for both 100m Backstroke and S14 200m Freestyle. She won gold in the latter, becoming the first British S14 swimmer to stand at the top of the Paralympic podium at London 2012.
Her rapid progress continued as she went on to represent Great Britain again in Montreal’s 2013 IPC World Championships, winning gold in the 200m Freestyle. Applegate also won silver in the 200m Individual Medley, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle. She was appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to swimming.
In 2014, Applegate made her IPC European Championship debut in Eindhoven, adding another three medals to her collection with 200m Freestyle silver and bronzes over 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.