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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Fitzgibbons is Bachelorette of the Year

By ESPN Action Sports
ESPN.com

Sally Fitzgibbons can add a new title to her resume: Australia's first Bachelorette of the Year for 2012. The 21-year-old Australian surf champ was awarded the inaugural Bachelorette title on Monday by Pedestrian, an Australian pop culture website.

Fitzgibbons is currently ranked number two in the ASP Women's World Tour rankings, behind World Champ Stephanie Gilmore. "It's a bit of an honor!" Fitzgibbons told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper about the Bachelorette title. "I'm chasing that world title. I'm close to that one. To get two in one year, that would be amazing."

"It's not just Sally's quantifiable achievements that made her such an appealing Bachelorette of the Year nominee, it's the way in which she goes about her profession and approaches her challenges with such poise and down-to-earth humility makes her an inspiration to us all," read a statement from Pedestrian.

A panel of judges and online voting determined the winner. Stated Pedestrian: "Ultimately, Sally stood out from the amazingly accomplished and talented field of fabulous single women because she's the perfect example of what an all rounder really is: an incredibly motivated and hardworking woman whose achievements speak for themselves without ever losing her laidback sense of humour, generous nature and positivity."