Sport for Women

Sally Fitzgibbons

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Surfing
Location: Australia

Sally Fitzgibbons qualified for the ASP World Tour in 2008 faster than any man or woman before her. Now, Sally is barely an arm's length away from clutching the World Title - she finished No. 2 in the world in 2010 and 2011.

As a grom, she was already a contest machine. She became the youngest surfer to win an ASP Pro Junior event. Her path to the World Tour was so short that it set a historic record. "It was such an amazing feeling," she says. "I was one step closer to becoming a World Champion."

When she is not competing, Sally uses every free-surf and time off to keep improving. She trains and fine-tunes everything to make herself a better athlete. With each day, Sally approaches that goal, but she's holistic in her journey. "I want to live life to the fullest," she says. "I want to be World Champ and meet amazing people, enjoy all my opportunities, make my family proud so when I get to the top, I'll appreciate everything along the way."

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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Being World number 2 in 2010, 2011 and 2x Ripcurl Pro Bells Beach Champion 2011 & 2012

Greatest achievement off the field: Being Dux of my school in Year 10

Who is your sporting heroine? That's a tough one as I played a lot of sports growing up so I was influenced by a few different athletes.

I was into competitive running until I was 16 and saw Cathy Freeman run at the Sydney Olympics. I still get goosebumps watching that reply.

Also Layne Beachley achieved a lot for Women's surfing and I really admire that.

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? It varies as I travel a lot and I have to be flexible but each day would probably contain three surfs and a cardio workout, core and stretching which is around 6 hours a day

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I love eating a lot of fruit and vegetables and making sure I take in the right amount of protein. Mum's chicken soup is a favourite! I would say after all I have read, academies I have attended I am on the Sally plan of eating happily , sensibly and healthy.

What do you love about your sport? It is a really cleansing sport for the body and the mind. When you are surfing all your problems and stresses disappear and you leave the water feeling exhilarated. Best sport ever!!

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? Having more events in quality waves with equal exposure as the men

What motivates you? Winning! And performing to my absolute best.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? No I am lucky that my sport is my profession. I love it!

Three words that describe you: Happy, determined and caring.

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Have FUN! That's how it all started for me with my Dad and brothers pushing me onto waves in the river mouth at home. Surf with a friend as it's double the fun. Try to get to the beach at sunrise and sunset because nature is beautiful. And never give up when it gets hard or the conditions seem too demanding.

Top 100 Sportswomen Nominations

Sally has represented her state and country in long distance running but it was surfing that won over. Sally was a world ISA junior Champion and a ASP World Junior Champion. In Sally's qualifying year she was the quickest to qualify from both men and wome

- Peter Buchanan

I am nominating Sally on her endeavour and good spirits she has in encouraging good sports and always willing to help out in the community and teach important lessons on surf and safety at the beach, which i think is crucial for everyone's enjoyment for m

- Geoff

Not only is she one of the best female surfers in the world but she's an excellent role model - always encouraging people to get out there and give it a go no matter what - and it's not just limited to surfing - her interest in a diverse range of sporting

- Reanna Lawrence

Sally shows such amazing strength and determination in every surfing competition. She has proved that continually fighting for your dreams and a never give up attitude, got her to where she is today. Sally inspires many people, including myself to never l

- Aimee Ngodara

This young talent is not only dominating at the top of her sport she is inspiring many young people into sport, while building the profile of surfing. A true champion who displays poise and professionalism, congratulation Australia.

- Shannon Gration

Sally is a young determained women with a fantastic personality. Sally is great with her fans and puts in a lot of time working with the "groms" of the sport! She is an inspiration to all young and old women.

- Katie Young

Sally Fitzgibbons Supports Sport for Women Day

"Because it is a celebration of something great. It's celebrating hard work, determination, passion and some unbelievable sporting performances."