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Sally Pearson OAM

A champion hurdler winning her London Olympic 100m hurdles Gold Medal, Sally Pearson won The Don award recently in Sydney as recognition of her dedication and commitment to the sport. Sally is one of Australia’s and the World’s finest sprinter / hurdlers. In being named IAAF Best Female Athlete in the World for 2011… She was the first Australian ever to win this award.

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Sally Pearson OAM's Biography

At 17 years old Sally Pearson wanted desperately to be Australia’s next track and field champion. She knew that it would take hard work, dedication and a commitment that is beyond most teenagers’ comprehension. To Sally’s credit this did not daunt her. By 20 years old she had already made her mark by anchoring Australia’s 4 x 100m Relay Team at the Worlds and was Australia’s champion at 100m sprints and was the100m hurdles champion. She went on to be The World Champion, 2011 IAAF World’s Best Female Athlete of The Year and an Olympic Gold Medallist.

 

Sally’s role models are Cathy Freeman and Melinda Gainsford Taylor.

 

Sally is a young lady with exuberance and an exciting talent for running, She is very comfortable in front of the media. Her piece to camera after falling in the final of the Commonwealth Games hurdles struck a chord with many Australians who shared her pain and were amazed at her strength.  In 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games Sally burst onto the World stage by winning the Silver Medal at her first Olympic Games. Sally’s lead up to the Games had been impressive and she had set her sights on making the final of the 100m Hurdles. The adrenalin of the competition, the jubilation of winning Silver and her now famous post race interview will be lasting memories of the Beijing Olympic Games for many Australians.

 

In London Sally came to the Olympic Final favorite and her event was one of the most eagerly anticipated races in Australian sporting history. Again Sally stunned the nation by winning Gold!

 

Since then Sally has fought back from several serious injuries and is focusing on claiming another medal in her hometown Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

 

Sally is a great role model for young Australians. She is passionate about animals, Australia, Athletics, her family and wants to make a difference.

 

Sally is one of Australia’s and the World’s finest sprinter / hurdlers. In being named IAAF Best Female Athlete in the World for 2011… She was the first Australian ever to win this award.

 

Career highlights

World Champion at 100m Hurdles in 2011

IAAF Best Female Athlete in the World 2011

Silver Medal Beijing Olympic Games

Gold Medal at London Olympic Games

World Indoor Champion 2011

Awarded an OAM in 2014