Shark attack survivor, Bethany Hamilton, has stunned at the Fiji Women’s Pro to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Hawaiian wildcard (pictured), who only has one arm, knocked out WSL rankings leader Tyler Wright in round 2 before taking down Tweed Heads champion Stephanie Gilmore at Cloudbreak on Monday.
“It was daunting knowing I had Stephanie in my heat,” Hamilton said.
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“I have so much respect for everyone on Tour,” she added. “I am honored that I can inspire people.”
“I know I am in a unique position to encourage young girls to make great decisions as they grow into women and to chase their dreams. Even after losing my arm, I am still doing everything I’ve hoped I could do with my future and even more.
“I think I am a reminder for the young girls that they can do it if they set their mind to it.”
Gilmore survived sudden death to then be knocked out in round 4 by compatriot Nikki Van Dijk.
Fiji Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)