Monday, September 2nd, 2013
Seven-time World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley will host amazing young women and Aim for the Stars grant recipients in Sydney over two days on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 September 2013.  

The girls, aged between 14 and 44, have been selected from more than 600 applicants and have been awarded financial grants allowing them to pursue their dreams in a wide variety of fields such dancing, athletics, disabled sports, positive body image, rural agriculture, orchestral conducting and organ and tissue donation education.

Recipients will be in Sydney for two days and will join in a surfing lesson with Beachley, attend morning tea with the NSW Governor, participate in mentoring sessions before attending a gala dinner in their honour on Friday 6 September at The Ivy.

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Thursday 5 September

Event: Surfing lesson with Layne Beachley
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Manly Beach (North Steyne Surf Club)
Who: Layne Beachley and all grant recipients

Friday 6 September

Event: ‘A Magical Night to Celebrate 10 years’ – Aim for the Stars 2013 gala event
Time: 7pm
Location: The Ivy Room, Level 1, 320 George St Sydney
Who: Layne Beachley, Kirk Pengilly, 2013 grant recipients, Chris Bath (MC), 2012 The Voice Runner-up Darren Percival, and 2013 The Voice participant Jenna dearness-Dark.
RSVP: Megan McGrath 0422 600 733

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation (AFTS) started in 2003 and has given away over $500,000 to over 240 girls and women Australia wide.  The main goal of the foundation is to provide moral and financial support to young, female achievers across Australia, to help them realize their dreams in sporting, academic, community or cultural pursuits.

Grant Recipients attending the gala dinner and surfing events are:

Individual Grant (16 years and over)
Emily Grellman –Water polo – Wee Waa, NSW
Jessica Smith –Body Image Awareness and Education - North Perth, WA
Zoe Omrod – Rhythmic Gymnastics – Paddington, Qld
Madeline Lawson – Pole Vault – Bendigo, Victoria
Jessica Sparks – Organ and Tissue Donation Education – Wollongong, NSW

Environmental Grant
Tiffany Carroll-MacDonald – Rural Agriculture – Narraweena, NSW

Kick-start Grant (12 – 15 years)

Princess Daniels – Athletics – Figtree, NSW
Greta Torelli – Ballet – Balwyn North, Victoria
Maddison Walton – Triple Jump – Ashmore, Qld
Tyeisha Tighe – Netball – Glebe, NSW

Business Grant
Marlena Katene – Motivational Speaking and Training – Burleigh Waters, Qld
Melanie Thomas – Personal Safety Awareness and Self Defence – Vaucluse, NSW

Athlete with a Disability Grant
Brandie O’Connor - Track Pursuit and Individual Road Time Trial – Phillip, ACT
Mecenzi Howard – Boccia – Horsley, NSW
Alanah Maclaurin – Fencing – Mt Lawley, WA

Group Grant (2 or more persons)

Donna Rankin – Disadvantaged Girls Life Changing Journey to Vietnam – Forster, NSW

For more information on the foundation or recipients please go to:

For more information on the event, please call Megan at Aim for the Stars Office on 0422 600 733 or email [email protected]

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Megan McGrath

P: 0422 600 733


Aim for the Stars grant recipients, Layne Beachley



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