Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa 'Nessa' Wallace F34 Shot Put

Photo - Peter Milsom

Nessa in an athlete with a neurological impairment and is in Para athletics class F34.


Nessa started working with Alison in December 2014, showing great commitment and progression in the shot putt and began competing at the beginning of April 2015. Just over 12 months later she gained her first internation honours for Great Britain at the 2016 European Championships held in Grossetto, Italy where she finised 5th in the F34 Shot Put.


A continued performance improvement throughout 2016 saw Nessa selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, where she finished 5th in the F34 Shot Put.


This meant that in 18 months Nessa went from never competing in sport to being one of the country's leading elite Para Athletes. In November 2016 she wss successful in getting onto British Athletics funding as a Podium Potential athlete.


Nessa competed for Great Britain at the World Para Athletics (WPA) World Champs in London Although she finished in the same position as in Rio (5th) she significantly closed the gap to the bronze medal winner. So the future is exciting.


Nessa was recently selected for the 2018 WPA European Champs to be held in Berlin in August . She is hoping to improve her shot put performance and challenge for a medal.


Nessa's major athletics achievements (most recent first) include:

  • 2018 WPA European Champs, Berlin - 1st Place (F34 Shot) - 7.45m
  • 2017 World Para Athletics (WPA) World Champs, London - 5th Place (F34 Shot) - 7.64m
  • 2016 Paralympic Games, Rio - 5th Place (F34 Shot) - 7.26m
  • 2016 European Champs, Grossetto, Italy - 5th place (F34 Shot) - 6.46m


Nessa began studying at the University of East London in 2016 and is supported by UEL Sports and GLL Sports Foundation.