Surfer and Nursing Student
My goal outside of qualifying for the Olympics in 2028 is to keep encouraging girls to surf. It's so much fun when more girls are out there in the lineup!
A Bit About Brie
Brie Bennett is a competitive Raglan surfer who wants to represent New Zealand at the 2028 Olympic Games. Her surfing life began at age 10 when she joined a school surf programme, and she has had success at both national and international competitions.
Brie is more than a successful competitor. Her leadership potential was recognised at school, where she encouraged and supported younger students and was head girl in her final year. She has continued this role by mentoring and supporting keen young women surfers, instilling confidence and providing guidance both in and out of the water. Her respectful attitude and encouragement create an environment where everyone feels valued and empowered. Her dream is to see more girls at home in the waves, challenging the male-dominated nature of the sport.
Despite the difficulties of balancing competitive surfing and nursing study, Brie remains committed to both goals. She has overcome setbacks, including battling glandular fever. Her story is a testament to the power of resilience and hard work, and the difference that a successful, positive and compassionate role model can make. She is an influential and inspirational figure in the Waikato surfing community.