GALLERY: Mick Fanning’s mum Elizabeth wins Woman of the Year
ELIZABETH Osborne, the mother of surf star Mick Fanning, shed tears today as she thanked the Tweed community for their acknowledgement of her strength in the face of a turbulent 12-months for the high profile family.
A shocked Ms Osborne gave the emotional thanks as she was named Woman of the Year at the inaugural Tweed Coast Women’s Awards at Salt, Kingscliff, organised by the Coastal Connections business network.
“Last year year was just such a hard year for us all,” a tearful Ms Osborne said after receiving her gong and standing ovation.
“I’m a mother, I’m a manager, I’m a businesswoman; I try to help people in the community who are less fortunate than I am because I know what it was like to be a single mum with five children and have no money.”
Her famous son, three time ASP World tour champion Mick Fanning, who grew up on the Tweed, said his mother had played a huge role in his success in the water.
“Growing up with mum I have a lot of respect for women,” Fanning said.
“It’s really special for her, she does so much, not only for me but the family, and also a whole bunch of people at home.
“She’s just on of those people, who is infectious and happy and I’m really proud of her.”
The award is a highlight after a tough 12 months for the family, with Fanning attacked by a shark in South Africa last July; the breakdown of his marriage and the sad passing of his older brother last December.
Taking 2016 off to concentrate on family, the 34-year-old was thankful for spending International Women’s Day with his mother, joking the best thing about her was “you always know exactly where you stand with mum”.
“Women have a lot of jobs so to celebrate them on International Women’s Day is amazing, so I’m really happy to be here with mum,” Fanning said.
“There’s so many great women in this room.”
Cabarita mother-of-two Lynne Hoare won Mother of the Year for her role as a carer for her son Max Lee, who became a quadriplegic after a tragic fall while on holiday in Greece in 2013.
“This goes out to all the women out there juggling children, husbands and jobs, this is for you,” Ms Hoare said as she accepted her award.
The business award went to Belinda Henry, managing partner of Henry Family Lawyers at Tweed Heads, in acknowledgement of her achievement as the first woman in her family to get a tertiary education.
She completed a law degree at Bond University before being admitted as a lawyer in 2003, then as a solicitor of the Supreme Court and High Court; and is also a director on the board of Southern Cross Credit Union.
“No-one stands up here and says they do it alone,” she said. “I have a great team - thank-you for your support.”
Jeanette Brodie - Local Hero
Liz Osborne - Woman of the Year
Lauren Budd - Sports Achiever of the Year - Misfits Training Club
Donna Masing - Best New Business - Global Performance Therapies
Belinda Pye - Volunteer of the Year - Cabarita Beach Surf Club
Jenny O'Gorman - Service Excellence - Southern Cross Credit Union
Helen Rigney - Volunteer of the Year - Tweed Coast Netball
Kylie Beck - Best Business - Fresh Estate Agents
Belinda Henry - Business Woman of the Year - Henry Family Lawyers
Lynne Hoare - Mum of the Year
More in the Saturday paper.