Former Carteret County two-sport athlete honored for achievement
MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County —
The accolades continue for Mindy Ballou Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick was recently added to the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame for her success in basketball and surfing. She's the first person from Carteret County to receive such an honor. Tuesday, members of the Morehead City community also recognized her achievement.
"Being in Morehead City, I couldn't be more proud and for them to recognize me, these are people I look up to, I admire that inspire me," Fitzpatrick said. "This will motivate me to do more because I'm not done yet.
"Being in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is a little far-fetched for me to believe."
Fitzpatrick was a star at West Carteret High School then went on to be an All-American at South Carolina. She played some professional basketball then came home to Morehead City where she became an accomplished surfer.
"We were very good, we were always one of the top teams in the state," Fitzpatrick said of her time as a high school basketball player. "We never won the state championship. The amazing thing is everybody that I played with were amazing teammates."
Fitzpatrick still enjoys surfing. She won some East Coast championships and also a national surfing title.
"That's the nice thing about surfing," Fitzpatrick said. "It's a lifetime sport, it's something you can do forever. I can't really run up and down the basketball court as well as I would like to anymore but I can always go surfing."