Hailing from Gerroa, Sally Fitzgibbons grew up doing athletics, soccer, touch, and footy.
During this time, Sally was an Illawarra Academy of Sport IAP athlete and is the only IAS athlete to have been back-to-back DRB Group Tobin Family Award winner, after she won the award in both 2006 and 2007.
Excelling in both surfing and athletics, Sally won gold medals in the 800m and 1500m at the 2007 Youth Olympic Games.
By 16, she had become the World Junior Surfing Champion. At 17, she won the World Surf League Qualifying Series championship faster and younger than any women in history.