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 100 m Relay Team at the Worlds and was Australia’s champion at 100m sprints and was the100m hurdles champion. She is now The World Champion, 2011 IAAF World’s Best Female Athlete of The Year and Olympic Gold Medallist.
Sally’s role models are Cathy Freeman and Melinda Gainsford Taylor. A young lady with exuberance and an exciting talent for running, Sally has completed a media training course and has done numerous print, radio and television appearances. 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. She backed it up in London in one of the most eagerly anticipated races in Australian sporting history. Sally again stunned the nation by winning Gold! Sally tore a hamstring in training seven weeks prior to the Rio Olympic Games, so was not able to compete and defend her title. She is currently in training for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Sally is a great role model for young Australians.