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Beachley creates history with Surfing Australia appointment

Seven-time World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley continues to break barriers in Australian sport.

Today she became Surfing Australia’s new Chairperson, making her the first former World Champion of any sport to take on the role in a National Sporting Organisation.

The most successful female surfer in history, Beachley is on the board for the Association of Surfing Professionals, Surfing Australia and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Speaking as Chair of Surfing Australia, Beachley said: “I have a vision to bring Australia back to being the dominant performer on the world stage of professional surfing, on both male and female world tours.

“I want more Australian future world champions and Gold Medal winners as we progress towards Olympic inclusion in 2020.

“To achieve this we plan to significantly expand the High Performance Centre at Casuarina, enabling us to build an even bigger state of the art facility that is recognised and respected worldwide for nurturing and developing future champions.

“The centre will also cater for broader community engagement across charities, corporate and education providers, offering access to training, ground breaking research and leadership programs, further consolidating Australia’s reputation as the global home of high performance sport.

“I am extremely grateful for the confidence and skill set of the board, which is a result of the leadership and vision for the organisation that has been held by Norm Innis during his 12-year tenure.

“I am excited to be stepping into this role at such a pivotal time in Surfing Australia’s growth and together with the board we will be setting a course to steer us firmly to the top of the international arena.”

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