Sport for Women

Layne Beachley

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Surfing
Location: Australia

Seven world titles in nine years (1998-2006) and 29 elite tour victories are ample testimony to Layne Beachley's place in surfing as a competitor, but understate her enduring impact on the sport. She spent 15 years as a director of the Association of Surfing Professionals, remains on the board of Surfing Australia and hosts the world's richest women's surfing event. Perhaps the most telling evidence of her impact is that today half of all enrolments at Learn-to-Surf are women. Few champions have left such a mark on their sport. She has created her own foundation to help young women pursue ambitious goals. Read more at the Sporting Australia Hall of Fame.