After donning Guernsey kit over the summer to snatch 400m silver at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest Island Games, the 19-year-old has taken up a scholarship in America and last weekend produced a notably quick 60m time at the Snake River Open.
Gallagher ran 7.89sec. over the distance – only ever surpassed by Kylie Robilliard locally – in her heat before returning to take third in the final.
Her heat time had been 11-hundredths outside Robilliard’s U23 mark for the rarely-run distance and this prompted Guernsey coach Tom Druce to comment on the potential for further progress.
‘Her time was very, very good – I’m very impressed,’ said Druce on reviewing video footage of her race.
‘She looked very strong out the start – she’s always been a good starter when she was here, so that’s a solid part of her race.
‘She also looked very strong in that I think she’s been in the gym quite a lot. She managed to start the race up well and she managed to execute the rest of the race.
‘If she runs any more 60s, she will be able to find a few more hundredths of a second and it was her first race of the year, so we’ll see.’
She surpassed this finish position in taking second over 200m with a solid but not otherwise notable time of 26.04sec.