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Stephanie Gilmore wins a record-equalling 7th world title and then aims for more

Staff writers, November 28, 2018 7:43AM News Corp Australia Network

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SURFING: Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore has won a record-equalling seventh world surfing title, matching fellow* Australian champion Layne Beachley.

Gilmore’s title was secured when her only remaining challenger, American Lakey Peterson, failed to progress past the second round of the season-ending Maui Pro in Hawaii.

Stephanie Gilmore in action in Hawaii. Picture: WSL/SLOANE media_cameraStephanie Gilmore in action in Hawaii. Picture: WSL/SLOANE

Gilmore was just a teenager when she claimed her first championship in 2007 — a year after Beachley’s last — and told the veteran* she wouldn’t just match her record, but smash it.

Gilmore seemed to be spot on as she dominated surfing, winning four championships in her first four years on tour.

Gilmore snatched two more world titles in 2012 and 2014 before a serious knee injury in 2015 again halted her success. It wasn’t until the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast in 2017 that Gilmore would get back in the winner’s circle before narrowly missing out on last year’s title to Tyler Wright.

Such has been Gilmore’s dominance* this year, however, that her youthful claim of smashing Beachley’s record now seems more likely than not.

“It’s definitely an incredible feeling to get the seven,” Gilmore said. “Of course I’m competitive, so I’d love to go on and continue to get more.”

Beachley, who believes 30-year-old Gilmore could win 10 titles or even match Kelly Slater’s overall record of 11 championships, quickly praised Gilmore’s mental strength and talent.

“Seven world title wins establishes* her as one of the greatest athletes of all time! No one deserves it more than Steph and I am extremely proud of her,” Beachley tweeted.

Gareth Widdop of the Dragons is taken from the field after dislocating his shoulder during the Elimination Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George-Illawarra Dragons. Picture: AAP media_cameraGareth Widdop of the Dragons is taken from the field after dislocating his shoulder during the Elimination Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George-Illawarra Dragons. Picture: AAP

NRL: Dragons captain Gareth Widdop has reportedly requested a release from the final three years of his contract.

Widdop, who is on about $1 million a season and is contracted until 2021, is understood to be homesick and wishes to return to England.

But the shocked Dragons could reject the move, knowing how important Widdop is to the side. Widdop has never played professionally in England having emigrated* to Melbourne when he was 16. He progressed through the ranks of the Melbourne Storm, playing 70 games before switching to the Dragons in 2014.

Jarryd Roughead has stepped down as captain of the Hawks. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraJarryd Roughead has stepped down as captain of the Hawks. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: Hawthorn is on the lookout for a new captain in 2019, after four-time premiership forward Jarryd Roughead stepped down from the role yesterday.

Roughead led the Hawks for the past two seasons after taking the reins from former captain Luke Hodge. He took on the role despite undergoing cancer treatment in 2016, which meant he didn’t play at all that season.

Midfield duo Liam Shiels and Isaac Smith, who have recently served as vice-captains, loom as the two most likely replacements for Roughead.

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GLOSSARY

  • fellow: person in same position, team or from the same country
  • veteran: experienced person
  • dominance: in control
  • establishes: makes
  • emigrated: moved permanently

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  1. Name the years Stephanie Gilmore has won world championships in.
  2. Where does Gareth Widdop want to return to?
  3. Which Hawks are likely to be considered as next captain?

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