Hamilton says ESPY Award nomination not a good fit for her

Bethany Hamilton of Hawaii (pictured) caused a huge upset during round two of the Fiji Womens Pro, defeating current World No. 1 Tyler Wright of Australia by posting a near perfect 9.00 point ride (out of ten) to advance into round three at Cloudbreak, Fiji on Monday May 30, 2016. PHOTO: © WSL/ Sloane SOCIAL: @edsloane @wsl This image is the copyright of  the World Surf League and is provided royalty free for editorial use only, in all media now known or hereafter created. No commercial rights granted. Sale or license of the images is prohibited. This image is a factually accurate rendering of what it depicts and has not been modified or augmented except for standard cropping and toning. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Surf News Network: 17 July, 2016 – Bethany Hamilton has withdrawn from the annual ESPY Awards after being nominated in the Best Female Athlete With a Disability category.

She was announced as a nominee alongside a marathon racer, volleyball player, cyclist and cross country skier, but requested her name be taken off the list because she didn’t feel it was quite right.

“Bethany expressed to ESPN that she was appreciative of the nomination but didn’t feel it was a good fit for her, so ESPN removed her from the category upon her request,” ESPN told E! news in a statement.

No more is known about why Hamilton withdrew her nomination. In 2004 Hamilton won an ESPY award for Best Comeback Athlete.

Bethany Hamilton has been busy this year, competing at the Women’s Pro Fiji and making it to the quarterfinals. Last year she and husband Adam Dirks had a child.

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