Sharon Stekelenburg

Sharon rose to prominence in 1988 when she won the Australian Open National Championships. The promising youngster first moved to Canberra in 1991 in an attempt to further her already successful barefoot water skiing career.

After a successful junior career, Sharon began to move in and assert her dominance on a senior national level. In a decade of dominance beginning in 1988, Sharon won the Australian title ten times in eleven years, including nine straight titles.

The highlight of Sharon’s career was winning the 1998 World Championship in Sydney including a gold medal in the tricks event. At this event Sharon also set a world record in the slalom event to add to her jump world records achieved at the 1996 World Championships.

Sharon also placed second overall at the 1988, 1994 and 1996 World Championships and represented Australia at seven world championships. (Only one other person has attended more world championships).

Through her achievements, Sharon has demonstrated that the ACT can facilitate sporting excellence on an international scene. She has been recognised for her efforts as the overall female winner of the ACT Sportstar of the Year Awards in 1993, 1994 and 1998.




Born: 5 April 1969

Inducted: 2003


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