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.