Layne Beachley has today received an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to the community through support for a range of charitable organisations, as a mentor for women in sport, and to surfing as a world champion competitor."Seven time ASP Women's World Champion
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One of Australia's greatest ever athletes, Layne dominated the surfing world for almost two decades. She made her debut on the ASP Women's World Tour at the age of 16. By the time she was 22, she was ranked number three in the world.
Layne's first tour event win came in 1993 and in 1998 Layne won the first of her six consecutive world titles in her illustrious career, making her the most successful female professional surfer of all time.
In a career that spanned 19 years on the professional circuit, seven world titles and 29 pro-contest victories, Layne announced her retirement from full-time professional surfing in 2008.
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 and 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 fulfill their potential in academia, the arts, business, music and sport.