Layne Beachley talks sexism, threats and smoothies
SURFERS with a thirst for juice had a special treat when world champion surfer Layne Beachley served their drinks at Boost Juice Noosa yesterday.
Ms Beachley signed surfboards and handed out samples of a smoothie she created for Boost Juice to raise funds for her charity, Aim For The Stars.
"I'm really grateful that Boost Juice have presented me with this opportunity to design a healthy, nutritious smoothie and to promote it through their stores," said Ms Beachley.
On International Women's Day yesterday, Ms Beachley said funds raised by Boost Juice would help enable young girls and women to fulfil their potential.
In the 12 years since Aim for Stars formed, it had helped more than 250 girls do just that, Ms Beachley said.
"I've encountered a lot of threats, intimidation and sexist behaviour in the water, and those challenges taught me to stand up for what I believe in," she said.
"That is equality, and the opportunity to do what you love regardless of gender or ability."
She said women tended to suffer more from "imposter syndrome" than men did.
"What I mean is that if we don't believe that we're 100% capable to do a particular job then we won't put ourself forward," she said.
"We won't step outside of our comfort zone and say that we can, because we might be found out to be a fraud."
She said men would be less concerned about that.
"Even if they're only 50% qualified to do the job they'll put their hand up for it," she said.
Ms Beachley's Green Machine smoothie was the top seller yesterday and the champ was a hit with customers, said Boost Juice Noosa store manager Karen Cranney.
"She's just so enthusiastic and so welcoming to everyone," she said.