Hayley Lewis swept to fame in 1990 by winning five gold medals at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. This amazing feat placed Hayley into the hearts and minds of Australians everywhere. 12 months after Auckland, Hayley went on to greater fame by winning the 200m freestyle World Championship in front of an ecstatic Perth crowd.
In 1992, Hayley was again performing on the world stage at the Barcelona Olympic Games. She brought home two medals – one silver and one bronze.
Over her swimming career Hayley has remained one of Australia’s most consistent swimmers with success at all levels of competition including. Australian Titles, Pan Pacific Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and World Championships.
1996 was a tough year for Hayley. Her training was constantly interrupted by illness but she fought back to win the National 400m and 800m titles and passed a gruelling fitness test allowing her to take her place in the Olympic team. Unfortunately, the breaks in training and brief hospitalisation had affected her Olympic preparation and Hayley was not able to copy her Barcelona success. 1996 ended on an up note with Hayley being voted “Female Distance Swimmer of the Year” at the Telstra Australian Swimming Awards.
Back in top shape Hayley surprised herself by powering onto her third Olympic team with emphatic victory in the 800m freestyle at the Olympic trials in May 2000. Hayley competed in the World
Swimming Championships in Japan in July 2001 in three events – 1500m in the pool and Open Water 5km & 10km and winning Bronze medal in the 5km.
Hayley’s decision to retire was due to the fact that Open Water swimming would not be included in the 2004 Olympics but she went out in style and remains the current Australian 5km & 10km Open Water Champion.
Hayley has owned various business ventures including, a range of fitness equipment, she has been involved with television commentary, Hayley joined the Channel 7 team during their coverage of the XVII Commonwealth Games in July/August in Manchester - and is highly sought after for speaking engagements and personal appearances.
On 1 April 2011, Hayley launched her first book, ‘Dream Believe, Create. A Woman’s Guide to Small Business’, published by Harper Collins.
Hayley also continues to enjoy her role as host (2010, 2011 and 2012 season) of successful Network Ten reality show, The Biggest Loser.
"Hayley is an absolute pleasure to work with. Hayley attended an informal cocktail party and next day as guest speaker at our annual Stress Less Day luncheon. She is such a genuine, honest person and sincerely friendly. Her speech was about work/life balance and how she dealt with it, or how sometimes not. At the luncheon Hayley was both funny and poignant about her business dealings and how she was touched by family tragedy. Hayley spoke for ½ hour longer than planned yet nobody left the room. A lot of the guests could not stay back for chats and photos with Hayley however those that did enjoyed the interaction immensely. Feedback on Hayley Lewis was excellent"
Worklink Employment Support Group
"Hayley Lewis was a showstopper! We received overwhelming feedback that Hayley is genuine, authentic, self-depracating and so funny. She had our audience consistently in stitches. Two of our members even said they enjoyed hearing from her more than Richard Branson and Olivia Newton-John! Go Hayley, we'd love to have you back with Business Chicks any time".
Hayley did a fantastic job MCing the Myer/Davenport event. There was a large and varying crowd in attendance, to which her interview questions and the way she interacted on and off the stage and kept proceedings flowing with both athletes was terrific.
Hayley was very informative and kept the audience engaged with her memories about her career. We would recommend her for any future events as a speaker.