The Surf Sister Blog
Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore has beaten a world athletics champion and a grand slam tennis title-winner to the inaugural Women's Health sportswoman of the year award.
Voted on by more than 40,000 members of the public, Gilmore pipped a star field, with the award presented at a gala event at the MCG on Wednesday night.
Sally Pearson, who won the hurdles at the world athletics championships in South Korea in September, and US Open tennis champion Samantha Stosur were among those beaten to the award by Gilmore.
The 23-year-old from Tweed Heads in northern NSW had slow start to the world surfing circuit following an attack late last year outside her Gold Coast unit, which resulted in a broken wrist.
After winning the past four world titles, she finished third in this year's race.
The awards were judged on performances over the past two years.
Women's Health magazine editor Felicity Harley said Gilmore embodied the spirit of the "I Support Women In Sport Awards" in its entirety.
"Steph's dedication and commitment to sport - and her amazing achievements in the surfing world - coupled with her positive attitude validates why she won the title of sportswoman of the year," Harley said.
As well as Gilmore's top award, 11 other awards were handed out with Pearson and Stosur, currently playing in Japan, both featuring.