Layne Beachley’s Travel Diary: Arriving at the Olympics!

Layne Beachley - off to Olympics

Preparing to leave- we all have to arrive in these lovely yellow shirts as it makes it easy to find us

Eight-Time World Champion Surfer and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Ambassador, Layne Beachley, has just landed in London, ready to take on her role as Athlete Liaison Officer at the 2012 Olympic Games. Read on for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the sporting event of the year… 

I was extremely proud, honoured and excited to be considered to fulfil such an important and prestigious role.

I will arrive at the Olympic Village 10 days before the games start so initially my role will be to greet the athletes as they arrive and assist with the orientation. Obviously my job upon arrival will be to orientate myself so I don’t get us all lost!

The four ALOs (John Eales, Steve Waugh, Keiren Perkins and myself) have been allocated specific sports, which we are to focus on. Mine include athletics, boxing, women’s road cycling, gymnastics, women’s hockey, women’s swimming, modern pentathlon, triathlon, table tennis and weight lifting, so I will be attending a couple of pre-Olympic training camps for a few of those sports.

Once the games begin it will be part of my role to appear at each and every event and support the athletes in the endeavour to perform their best, be a shoulder to cry on or offer last minute advice. What an experience it is going to be.

I have an infinity pass, which allows me to go wherever the athletes can go! I have also been advised that we will do most of our mentoring in the dining hall as this allows us to talk to a variety of athletes in a more relaxed environment.

– Layne Beachley


Layne Beachley press conference

My green and gold painted nails – this was taken at a press conference I did for the AOC with my fellow ALO’s Keiren and Steve


Right before Layne Beachley boarded her plane to London, she spoke to Angie Christofis, Editor of  our Destinations Magazine


Layne Beachley interview


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