Jillian Gallays

Women's Team

Date of Birth: October 20, 1986

Age at Rio: 30

Birthplace: St. Brieux, Saskatchewan

Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Residence: St. Catharines, Ontario

Height/Weight: 165 cm / 53 kg

Club: Brock Wrestling Club

Coaches: Marty Calder

Languages: English

Website: www.jilliangallays.com

A 2014 Bronze Medalist at 2014 UWW World Championships Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland, Jillian Gallays also was the 2014 champion at the Austrian Ladies Open. It was prior to the 2015 Canadian Championships, Gallays tore the lateral collateral ligament in her right knee and had to fight her way back to contention and eligibility for Rio. Going undefeated at the 2016 Pan Am Olympic Qualifier proved that Gallays was back and able to compete with the best.

Personal

For Jillian Gallays, while trying to find the right fit, it was wrestling that challenged and motivated her in High School and she found her passion. A daughter to John Gallays and Karen Johb, Gallays enjoys working out, reading, dancing, playing board games, and rock climbing. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011 with a degree in Kinesiology, she hopes to one day return to school to pursue her MBA.

Inspired by Tonya Verbeek because she trained hard and truly loved the sport, Gallays recently made the tough decision to leave Saskatoon to train in St. Catharine’s Ontario, only then to live while training in Verbeek’s basement apartment. Gallay’s favourite motto is to “train smarter so you can play harder”.

Notable International Results

Commonwealth Games:
2014 – BRONZE (53 kg);
2010 – 6th (55 kg)

Senior World Championships:
2014 – BRONZE (53 kg);
2013 – 13th (55 kg);
2010 – 8th (55 kg)

FISU Universiade:
2013 – 10th (55 kg)