Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Home Club: Adelaide Rowing Club
Defence Posting: Specialist Reserve Public Affairs Officer, 28 Squadron, Canberra (reserve), Home Affairs Trade and Customs Division (full time)
Flying Officer Jessica Winnall was appointed as a Specialist Reserve Public Affairs Officer in June 2018 after two civilian deployments (to the United Nations in East Timor and NATO in Afghanistan). After completing her initial training at Officer Training School, Flying Officer Winnall went directly to the King's Cup selection camp. In addition to her Royal Australian Air Force reserves work, Jessica works for the Department of Home Affairs, where she is responsible for implementing Australia's Authorised Economic Operator program, Australian Trusted Trader.
At 157cm, Jessica spent only one season rowing (third grade) at Adelaide Rowing Club but found her sport in coxing. Jessica has coxed a wide range of state and national men's and women's crews, including for Adelaide Rowing Club, the Australian Defence Force Rowing Club, and Canberra Rowing Club. Jessica has put her coxing career on hold for deployments but once returned from deployment in East Timor to cox the Head of the Yarra (an 8.6km time trial) twice in one day for South Australian crews.
Jessica's great grandfather, Sargent Linton Harold Moore wrote to a newspaper in his hometown from "somewhere in France" about the importance of sport to his troops "I hear the merry voices of the soldier-players … trying to forget the dull monotony of the last few days on the line."