Speakers Profile - Hayley Lewis

Mother, Small Business Owner, Author, Olympian and Healthy Living Advocate

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Hayley burst onto the scene as a 15 year old schoolgirl and captured the hearts of Australians by winning 5 Gold medals at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. Backing up a year later, she went on to become one of Australia's youngest ever World Champions by winning the 200m freestyle at the Perth World Championships. In 1992, at her first Olympics in Barcelona, Hayley brought home a Silver and a Bronze followed by more medals at the 93 Pan Pacific, the 1994 Commonwealth Games, 95 Rome World Championships and the 96 Atlanta Olympics.

Taking a break from swimming after Atlanta, Hayley married her high-school sweetheart Greg Taylor in 1997 and the following year gave birth to their first son, Jacob.

In 1999, she returned to swimming with the goal of making the 2000 Olympic team which she did, as well as the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka which saw her become the first ever swimmer to compete for her country in both open water and pool swimming at the same meet. Hayley went on to win a bronze medal at this meet and officially retire upon returning home at the age of 27.

In 2002, she opened the first LEARN TO SWIM school based in a shopping centre in Australia which was located at Westfield Carindale. In 2010, Westfield redeveloped their centre and unfortunately Hayley's beloved swim school was demolished. Changing pace, she went on to host 5 seasons of The Biggest Loser, write a business book - 'DREAM, BELIEVE, CREATE' and also purchase a commercial property in Balmoral in Brisbane which has been home to her gift and homewares store 'COMING UP ROSES' for the past 7 years.

Hayley is the very proud mum of 2 boys, Jacob 19 and Kai 14.