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Layne Beachley, AO

Layne Beachley is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003), Layne then went onto win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008.

2004 Laureus Alternative Sports Person of the year, 2006 Surfing Hall of Fame inductee, 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee, 2011/13 ISA World Masters Champion, Athlete Liaison Officer at the 2012 Olympic Games, Layne’s unwavering commitment to success has seen her awarded on the world stage. In 2013 Layne was recognised and awarded 3rd Greatest Australian Female Athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Betty Cuthbert.

Layne was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organizations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer.

Layne has achieved yet another first in Australian sport by becoming Surfing Australia’s new Chairperson.  She is the first former female World Champion of any sport to take on the role in a National Sporting organisation.

Layne also sits on the board of the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame, is an ISA Vice President, Director of her own charity, the Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim For The Stars and long time ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. She also supports several other charities and organisations such as The National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation and Planet Ark.

Her exploits are astounding, her attitude unwavering and her achievements inspirational.

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