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Podcast – Lunchtime Lecture Series: What makes Layne Beachley tick?

By: Alice Gage, Category: At The Museum, Date: 03 Oct 2018

The inspiring Layne Beachley, seven-times world surfing champion, recorded live in conversation with AM Director Kim McKay.

Layne Beachley in conversation at the Australian Museum, 28 August 2018

Layne Beachley in conversation at the Australian Museum, 28 August 2018
Photographer: Nick Langley © Australian Museum

Layne Beachley is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history, and is the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003); she went on to win a seventh in 2006. In this inspiring conversation with AM Director Kim McKay, Layne reveals the source of her drive to be the best of the best, and opens up about her marriage to INXS rock legend Kirk Pengilly.

“The fear of abandonment and the fear of rejection is essentially what drove me to become a six-time consecutive world champion. And the reason I differentiate from the seventh is because the seventh title was won in a state of love. So I proved to myself that you can do it in two different ways.

“We all experience trauma, we all perceive it in a different way and none of us can control what happens to us, but the one thing we can control is how we respond to it.”

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This installment of Lunchtime Lecture Series took place at 1pm, Tuesday 28 August in the Hallstrom Theatre at the Australian Museum.

Lunctime Lecture Series: Australians Shaping the Nation is a series of talks with distinguished Australians who are shaping the nation across science, sport and the arts. This year's speakers were drawn from our 200 Treasures in the Westpac Long Gallery. The series will return in early 2019.