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Gilmore named Queensland Sports Star of the Year

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Stephanie Gilmore adds Queensland Sports Star of the Year to growing list of accolades

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 December, 2010 : - - Not even Stephanie Gilmore can believe she's won a record four consecutive world surfing titles. Gilmore, who was named The Courier-Mail/Channel 7 Queensland Sports Star of the Year at a gala dinner at Brisbane Convention Centre last night, said success had moved in on her so fast it was hard to credit.

"I definitely feel all of my success happened so quickly, I can't believe that I've been on tour for four years already and that I've won consecutively," she said. "I never even dreamed that, so it's pretty amazing that it's happened."

Gilmore beat tough competition from Commonwealth Games multiple gold medallists Anna Meares, Alicia Coutts, Sally Pearson and Allan Davis, along with four-time world hockey player of the year Jamie Dwyer, Asian Cup soccer champion Clare Polkinghorne, French Open tennis runner-up Samantha Stosur, Reds captain Will Genia and triathlon world champion Emma Moffatt.

Gilmore is competing in Hawaii and was unable to accept in person, leaving the honours to parents Tracey and Jeff Gilmore. She spoke via a video message. Brisbane's Jason Kubler, who held the ranking during the year as world junior tennis No.1, was named Junior Sports Star of the Year.

For Gilmore, winning the state's most coveted sporting gong was yet to sink in. "Wow, thank you so much. I can't believe I won, it's an incredible honour - especially among such great talent. Queensland sport is really stepping it up right now and I'm proud to be a part of it," she said.

Gilmore credited athletes like Stosur for at least some of her phenomenal success. She said she liked to keep up to date with what other athletes were doing around the world with their achievements helping to spur her on.

Gilmore said there was no chance of resting on her laurels. "I'm looking forward to the next few years. I've got a lot to work on with my performance ... I'm looking forward to seeing just how far I can take things."

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Source: Courier Mail

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