Mick Fanning AO
World Champion Surfer
Mick Fanning's path to surfing greatness has all the hallmarks of a champion. He has overcome personal tragedy, career-threatening injury and one of sport's greatest competitive dynasties, in the form of American Kelly Slater, to be crowned world champion three times.
Now retired from the World Surf League but still busy as ever, Mick still finds the time to support sick kids and young people through his role as a proud Starlight Ambassador.
The first Starlight Wish Mick granted was a surf lesson at Sydney's Manly beach. After the surf Mick gave his latest competition surfboard to the wish child signed by all the pro surfers on the tour. The second wish took place at the Margaret River Pro and Mick organised a visit to the VIP tent, a personal tour of the event plus another signed surf board, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Since then, he's granted more special Starlight Wishes like Ben's, and has generously donated countless tangible and experience auction prizes to Starlight’s signature fundraising events Starlight Five Chefs and Starball.
Mick said, "Starlight Wishes bring fun and laughter back in to the lives of kids who have been through unbelievably tough times."
In 2015 Mick helped open the Starlight Express Room at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (now Queensland Children's Hospital) and in late 2016, re-visited the room to kindly deliver presents from his sponsors to the kids and families stuck in hospital over Christmas.
He also generously attended our 30th anniversary celebrations with Virgin Australia in Sydney in 2018 much to the delight of our Starlight Wish kids and young people, including Ben.
In 2017 Mick was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his devotion to the community, with specific mention of his services to Starlight.
A proud Starlight Ambassador since 2013, we can’t thank Mick enough for the passion and enthusiasm he brings to the role.
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