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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Australia's Olympic golden girl Sally Pearson and her high school sweetheart husband welcome their first child - a baby girl - and reveal her gorgeous name

  • Sally Perason has given birth to her first child, a baby girl named Ruby Elizabeth 
  • The 33-year-old made the announcement via a social media post on Wednesday
  • She posted a picture with her husband Kieran and baby daughter in hospital
  • The former Olympic champion retired from athletics after injuries last year
Sally Pearson and her high school sweetheart husband Kieran have welcomed their first child.
The former Australian Olympic champion gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday and revealed her name is Ruby Elizabeth.
The 33-year-old made the announcement with a picture of the happy family after Ruby's birth in hospital.
'We would like to introduce you all to Ruby Elizabeth Pearson,' the caption reads.
Australian Olympic champion Sally Pearson has given birth to a baby daughter named Ruby Elizabeth. Pictured: Pearson, her husband Kieran and baby Ruby in hospital
Australian Olympic champion Sally Pearson has given birth to a baby daughter named Ruby Elizabeth. Pictured: Pearson, her husband Kieran and baby Ruby in hospital 
Pearson's post drew a wealth of congratulatory messages from a range of Australian sporting stars including surfing champion Mick Fanning and fellow Olympian Chloe Esposito.
The Queensland hurdler announced her pregnancy on social media in January just five months after retiring from athletics.
'To start the next chapter of our lives with such joy and love is more than we could’ve ever hoped for,' an Instagram post from Pearson reads. 
Her announcement quashed any rumours of a dramatic Olympic comeback at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Pearson with her husband Kieran at the 2012 Australian Athlete of the Year Awards in Melbourne
Pearson with her husband Kieran at the 2012 Australian Athlete of the Year Awards in Melbourne
Pearson won gold in the 100m hurdles at the London Olympics in 2012 along with gold medals at the 2011 and 2017 world championships before retiring from athletics in 2019.
She spent 16 years on the Australian athletics team before a horror run of injuries brought forward the end of her career.
'I would love to have been a three-time Olympian. That disappoints me a little as well,' she told a media conference in August.
'At the same time, I am happy now. I’m relieved now that my career is over and there will be no more injuries and no more vomit sessions.'
Pearson kisses her gold medal after her triumph in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 Olympics in London
Pearson kisses her gold medal after her triumph in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 Olympics in London

Sally's illustrious life on the track 

Sally Pearson's talent on the track was discovered at a young age and over her illustrious 16-year-long career in sports she has raked in a trove of medals. 
Listed below are just a  handful of her achievements:
Olympics: 
2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Silver, 100 metre hurdles 
2012 London Olympic Games: Gold, 100m hurdles
IAAF World Athletics Championships: 
2011 Daegu World Championships: Gold, 100m hurdles
2013 Moscow World Championships: Silver, 100m hurdles 
2017 London World Championships: Gold, 100m hurdles 
Commonwealth Games:
2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games: Bronze, 4x100m relay 
2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games: Gold, 100m hurdles 
2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games: Gold, 100m hurdles 

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