Episode 04: Layne Beachley
Layne Beachley is regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles Layne then went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the World Tour in 2008.
She was inducted into both the Australian and US surfing halls of fame in 2006, and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.
At the 2015 Australia Day Honours Layne was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia 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.
Yet there is so much more to Layne’s story than just surfing.
Layne Beachley was born Tania Gardner on the 24th May 1972 in Sydney. Her mother was only 17 years old and unmarried so she was soon adopted by Neil and Valerie Beachley, who lived in nearby Manly.
When Layne was only six years old, Valerie suffered a post-operative brain hemorrhage and died, leaving Layne and her brother to be raised by Neil.
Layne met her biological mother for the first time in 1999. She has sadly recently passed away.
She has spoken openly about her struggles from the traumatic events of her childhood, the grief she went through and the effect this had on her has an adult.
Throughout the podcast we chat about how she healed this unresolved pain and suffering.
We also talk about what practices she uses now to be the best version of herself she can be. Layne is incredibly motivating to listen to, yet she also shares profound wisdom and insight that only someone who has sat in there own darkness could..
I had the good fortune of meeting Layne in 2015 when my friend Toni Popowski and I co-founded the Women’s TRY Athlon and Fun Run in Tasmania. Layne was the speaker at our motivational dinner and she even provided a beach training session for some of the ladies. The TRY-athlon is on again in Novemeber this year!
So without any further ado, I bring you the incredible Layne Beachley.