Sally Fitzgibbons has been crowned sports woman of the year.
The queen of the waves finished third on the world tour of surfing and finished the year with a memorable win at the Roxy Pro in France.
“Last year Anna Meares won and to follow in her footsteps inspires me to get out and work hard to chase this dream,” Sally said about receiving the award at the Support Women in Sports Awards last night.
“To be in this room with other great sportswomen, moments like this are what I channel when I get out there on the board.”
Women’s Health editor Felicity Harley paid tribute to Sally’s achievements. “Sally’s phenomenal determination and commitment for her sport – and her remarkable achievements in the surfing sphere validates why she won the sought after title of 2013 Women’s Health Sports Woman of the Year,” she said.
Last night’s awards came at the end of a busy day for Sally, who helped NSW Police launch the safety campaign, Play Safe, Stay Safe, which encourages people to celebrate the summer in a safe and responsible manner.
“I’m an elite athlete, I work hard to stay healthy and fit,” Sally said, “alcohol has no place in my life. You can achieve so much, don’t waste it with binge drinking.” – Jacquellene Boateng
Photo from Carlos Andre CA Flickr Photostream.