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celebrating 50 years with saxton

layne beachley: seven-time world surfing champion

Layne Beachley speaks about the journey to her first world surfing championship at Australia Speaks, our 50th anniversary celebration.

Widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history, Layne Beachley is the only competitor to ever claim six consecutive world titles (1998 to 2003), before going on to win a seventh in 2006.

Having spent two decades breaking down the barriers in her chosen profession, Beachley has committed herself to making it easier for young women to achieve their goals by establishing and directing the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation. The Foundation provides financial and moral support to encourage young women to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve in academia, business, arts and sport.

Beachley was named the 2004 Laureus Alternative Sports Person of the Year, 2006 Surfing Hall of Fame inductee, 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee, ISA World Masters Champion, and a 2012 Olympic Games Athlete Liaison Officer. In 2013 she was also named the third greatest Australian female athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Betty Cuthbert, and in 2015 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the community, as a mentor for women in sport, and to surfing.


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Saxton Speakers' 2015 celebration of 50 years of the business and of the spoken word in Australia was the biggest of its kind in the country, incorporating performances from 24 of Australia's leading speakers and entertainers. You can watch all the individual presenters by clicking on their image below, or view the highlights reel here.

the presenters
Craig Davis Ita Buttrose
Steve Vamos Dr Chris Caton
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Satyajit Das
Graeme Joy Remo Giuffre
Mark Bouris Layne Beachley
Cathy Freeman Megan Quinn
Tim Cope Gill Hicks
Vinh Giang Rachel Botsman
Winston Broadbent & Nanette Moulton, Directors of Saxton Speakers Bureau
the performers
Sounds of the 60's with Ciaran Gribbin and Darren PercivalCiaran Gribbin with the sounds of the 80's
Jade MacRae - Love will keep us together Tim Campbell - Let me entertain you
Tom Thum Finale
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