Surfing Victoria Board Appoint Ashleigh Wall as Chairperson

Torquay, VIC/AUS (Friday 16th March 2018): The Board of Surfing Victoria are pleased to announce the appointment of Ashleigh Wall as the new Chairperson as of March 13, 2018 taking over from the outgoing Paul Robson.


Ms Wall is the first female chair of Surfing Victoria. Joining the Board of Surfing Victoria in 2014, Ms Wall is an experienced corporate lawyer, passionate sportsperson and advocate for corporate social responsibility within the state.


Growing up in the Victorian coastal town of Barwon Heads, Ms Wall began surfing as a teenager and was an active member of the 13th Beach Boardriders club. This saw her become a junior and open female champion at the club.


Key priorities for Surfing Victoria under Ms Wall’s leadership will be to continue to work with key stakeholders to increase participation in all levels of surfing and promote gender equality through such things as its female stand up paddle boarding program Coasting.


“Surfing already plays a large role in the economy through tourism and businesses, and we will work with stakeholders to create greater value for our state.”


“I am really proud about the way in which we reach to all members of the community and believe surfing can play a key role in enriching people’s lives as a lifestyle, recreational or sporting pursuit.”


“We have introduced some fantastic programs which are working to increase participation and a level playing field for women and girls, and indigenous Australians, in all areas of the sport and this will continue to be a focus.” said Ms Wall.


 “I am honoured to be stepping into the role at such an important time in Surfing Victoria’s growth, and look forward to working with the Board and our CEO, to build on our strong foundations as a progressive, inclusive and leading sporting organisation” said Ms Wall.


“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank our outgoing Chair Paul Robson who through his leadership has continued Surfing Victoria’s role as a leading sporting organisation. Paul will continue to be an instrumental member of our Board. ”


Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson is looking forward to having Ms Wall’s experience leading the organisation.


“We are stoked to have Ash elected as Chair of the Surfing Victoria Board.”


“She has been an invaluable contributor in her role as board member over the past four years and has the experience to take Surfing Victoria to the next level as Chair.”


“I look forward to working with Ash into the future on some new exciting projects.”