Sally Fitzgibbons will make history as a member of Australia’s first Olympic surfing team when the sport makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons put the surfing world on notice when, at the age of 14, she won the ASP Pro Junior Open title competing against the best surfers around the world – some being seven years older.
Sally progressed through the international junior surfing rankings and at 16 she won her first world title at the 2007 ISA U18 World Championships. The following year she won the ASP U21 World Title and the ISA World Games Open Title.
Determined to reach the women’s elite World Surfing Tour, 17-year-old Sally became the youngest and fasted to qualify for the tour after winning the 2008 World Surf League Qualifying Series in her first five events. Sally finished her rookie tour season in 5th place and in 2011 won her first ASP World Tour event. Since then she has gone on to win one, or more, World Tour events in each year.
In June 2021 Sally made history becoming the first evet athlete to earn individual gold at the World Surfing Games on three occasions, after winning gold at the World Surfing Games in El Salvador (previously topping the podium in 2008 and 2018).
As a junior athlete, Sally was a national champion middle distance runner winning gold medals in the 800m and 1500m events at the 2017 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
After securing the WSL ranking requirement and then being officially named on the Australian Olympic Team, Sally will now to appear on the world biggest sporting stage – the Olympic Games.