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  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
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Born and raised in sleepy seaside town of Gerroa on Australia’s New South Wales coast, Sally Fitzgibbons showed immense promise in a variety of different sports.

From a young age she represented her state and Australia on 14 occasions, winning gold at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in the 800m and 1500m. But above touch football, soccer, athletics and cross-country came surfing - drawing her in like a retreating wave.

At 14 Fitzgibbons became the youngest surfer to win an ASP (formerly Association of Surfing Professional now World Surf League) Pro Junior event before backing it up with an International Surfing Association under 18 world title a year later in Portugal.

The Australian went on to make history when aged 18, she achieved the Qualifying Series championship faster than any other woman in history. She set a record by wrapping up the 2008 series in the first five events.

Fitzgibbons carried her impressive run of form in qualifying into her the Championship Tour (CT) where she finished her rookie season in the number five spot. For the next three years the Australian would make a name for herself by coming achingly close to the world title, finishing as runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Despite never winning a world title 12 years on the tour, with 12 event wins, reflects a professional surfing career that is both determined and consistent, much like Fitzgibbons.

With Olympic qualification in the bag the Australian was on something of a hot streak, coming into form at exactly the right time ahead of surfing’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Her first 2021 CT event title was followed up by an ISA World Surfing Games win in El Salvador, in early June.

It wasn't to be though in Japan, with Fitzgibbons in tears after a quarter-final defeat to Amuru Tzuzuki. "I wanted do it so bad for... For my teammates and my country and... It didn’t happen today," she told Channel 7.

With just a three-year gap before Paris 2024, there's still time to bring a medal home for Australia.

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