Vanessa 'Nessa' Wallace F34 Shot Put
Photo - Peter Milsom
Nessa is 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 GB 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. She was then selected for the 2018 WPA European Champs held in Berlin in August and went on to win the Gold medal with a season's best performance. This was followed, by winning a Bronze medal at the 2019 WPA World Champs in Dubai with a personal best.
In 2021, after 18 months of lockdown restrictions following the pandemic, Nessa competed at the WPA European Champs in Bydgoszcz taking the Silver medal with a huge personal best which now ranks her 3rd in the World and now only 9cm of top world ranking and the world record. This bodes well for her upcoming 2nd Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Nessa's major athletics achievements (most recent first) include: