In a terrifying incident that further highlights the crazy shit that’s been happening in Tweed Heads and Coolangatta on the Gold Coast of Australia, Four-Time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore was attacked with a pipe outside of her home. She injured her wrist in the attack and will be out of the water for six weeks. The man who hit her has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes. See below for her statement from the ASP…
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Tuesday, December 28, 2010) – On the evening of Monday, December 27th, reigning four-time ASP Women's World Champion was viciously assaulted in a random act of violence near her Tweed Heads home. Gilmore suffered a broken wrist amongst other injuries and will be out of the water for six weeks. She has released the following statement:
"There was an incident in which I was attacked at my property," Gilmore said. "It was a completely random act in which I was a victim in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is now a matter for the court. I have sought medical attention and am on my road to recovery in high spirits. I look forward to getting back in the water in six weeks. In the mean time, I'm staying mentally and physically fit every way I can. I have fantastic support from my family and friends and look forward to resting up for a fresh start in the New Year."
According to SMH.com.au, Gilmore’s alleged attacker later returned to her apartment block where he was recognized and detained by the surfer’s friends and neighbors until police arrived. The man, 26, has been charged with numerous offenses including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He also had an outstanding warrant.
TransWorld SURF would like to extend our condolences to Steph and wish her a speedy and healthy recovery. Stay tuned for more on this incident.