There's a lot in the paper today about Layne Beachley. She is a phenomenal surfer. Her personal life has not been easy but she's won 7 straight world titles. Perhaps her resilience has helped. You need to have some powerful focus AND work like a bitch to do that.
Aim for the Stars foundation. My eldest daughter applied for support when she was competing internationally without any sponsorship and we were really impressed.
"Aim for the Stars offers moral and financial support to all of you who have the passion and desire to accomplish your goals and who aren’t afraid to ask for help along the way. So take a wander through the site and find out how you can become a part of this fantastic initiative. "
As far as I know, Layne is one of the few women who has been able to put money where her heart is and open doors for other aspiring young women. Not only in sports but across arts and the community.
I hope you get another world title or two, Layne, but you rate an amazing 4 SWORDS here regardless. Maybe you can give me some pointers in the surf one day, cause I surely need some. Some paddling muscles would be handy too.