Hayley Lewis is remembered as the 15-year-old 'girl next door' who 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.
Hayley has embarked on several business ventures including a range of fitness equipment, a gift shop, swim schools, television commentary and is highly sought after for speaking engagements and personal appearances. Hayley is also the host of the popular television reality show The Biggest Loser.
Twelve months after Auckland, Hayley went on to even 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 Olympics. She brought home two medals - Silver and Bronze. Over her swimming career Hayley has remained one of Australia’s most consistent swimmers with success at all levels.
In 1998, after the birth of her first child Jacob, Hayley joined forces with Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centres as a key spokesperson helping her to get back in shape and encouraging other young mothers to do the same.
In 2001 Hayley officially retired from swimming and the went on to open the first swim school based in a shopping centre in Australia at Westfield Carindale which she owned for nine years. Now she is living her small business dream and owns a gift and homewares store based at Balmoral called Coming Up Roses.
She has released a book entitled 'Dream, Believe, Create - A Women's Guide to Small Business'. Hayley's book draws on her experience both as a successful business woman and an athlete.
Out of the water, Hayley has embarked on several business ventures including her own swim school at Westfield Carindale in Brisbane. This was the first time anyone had placed a Swim school in a shopping Centre and as a result was proven to be a very successful business plan spanning over ten years.
Hayley has owned other 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.
In 2010, due to Westfield closures, Hayley said good bye to Swimming and closed the Swim School. This became an opportune time for Hayley to embark on another life-long dream and bought a well-known Brisbane gift store called 'Coming Up Roses' which is already proving to be a another one of Hayley's business successes.