Sally Pearson was a popular recipient of The Don award at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame dinner last night. In honor of the late Don Bradman, the award celebrates the most inspiring sports performance of the year as Pearson beat out an impressive field that included 5 time world surfing champ Steph Gilmore, cycling gold medalist Anna Mears, and Paralympic pool queen Jacqueline Freney.
Sally Pearson Is Officially Our Most Inspiring Sports Person
Pearson came into the London games with the kind of expectation usually reserved for our swim teams, but when our 4×100 boys were off playing knock and run and drugging kids with Stilnox, Pearson was getting her focus on and was rewarded with one of our most celebrated Gold medals of the games. Not since Kathy Freeman’s nation unifying run in Sydney has a race like Pearson’s delivered on such promise and anticipation. Tip of the hat!

In other business for the night golden girl Susie O’Neill, cricketer Adam Gilchrist, rugby league legends Andrew Johns, Wayne Bennett, and former Wallaby Stephen Larkham were among 8 sports stars and administrators to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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