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Layne Beachley recognised for achievements

Seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley, has received an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for her outstanding achievements and service to the community.

“I am very honoured and humbled by the award. I have always loved what I do and feel very blessed that I have been able to make a contribution to Australian surf culture and our community,” Layne Beachley said.

As one of Australia’s greatest athletes, dominating the sport of surfing for almost two decades, Beachley made her debut on the ASP Women’s World Tour at the age of 16 and by the time she was 22, she was ranked number three in the world.

Beachley’s first tour event win came in 1993 and in 1998 Layne won the first of her six consecutive world titles (from a total of seven) in her illustrious career, making her the most successful female professional surfer of all time.

She remains the surfer with the greatest number of consecutive world titles, male or female. Amidst her vast trophy cabinet and career honours, in 2004 Layne was presented the prestigious Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson Award.  Layne was also inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame in 2011.

In addition to her sporting and business endeavours, Layne established the Aim For The Stars Foundation, which provides financial and moral support for girls and women across Australia to invest in their future and fulfil their potential in academia, the arts, business, music and sport.

Layne AO

Kate Webster
Kate Webster
Kate Webster is a travel journalist - travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate's inspiration behind her writing and photography. A passion of the ocean has lead Kate to be a part of Global Surf Sounds, as she continues to mix her love of travel and writing to now include surfing. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.

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