SALLY Pearson’s been crowned the most inspirational Australian athlete of the past 12 months on Thursday night.
The Helensvale hurdler claimed her second ‘The Don’ award, named after the organisation’s inaugural inductee Sir Donald Bradman, at the 30th Sports Australia Hall of Fame dinner in Melbourne.
She edged out a talented list of sporting heroes including Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, tennis young-gun Nick Kyrgios and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
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Pearson had previously taken out the award in 2012 following her heroic gold medal win at the London Olynpics.
This time around it was all about the obstacles the Gold Coaster faced as she defended her Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles title in Glasgow.
She had to overcome a recurring hamstring injury to even compete in Glasgow, then overcome public criticism from Athletics Australia’s head coach Eric Hollingsworth on the eve of her event.
Pearson became only the second athlete to win The Don for a second time, joining Beijing Olympics golden boy Steve Hooker.