Hayley burst onto the scene as a 15 year old school girl 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, Hayley brought home a silver and a bronze followed by more medals at the 93 Pan Pacs, the 94 Commonwealth Games, the 95 World Championships and the 96 Atlanta Olympics.
Taking a break from swimming after Atlanta, Hayley married her high school sweetheart Greg in 1997 and the following year her first son Jacob was born.
In 1999, she returned to swimming with the goal of making the 2000 Olympic team which she did, as well as the 2001 World Championship team a year later. Hayley became the first athlete ever to compete for her country in both pool and open water swimming at the same meet. She went on to win a bronze medal and officially retire 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 and unfortunately saw Hayley’s much-loved swim school demolished.
Changing pace, she went on to host 5 seasons of the reality show – THE BIGGEST LOSER, write a small business book – DREAM, BELIEVE, CREATE and also open a retail store in Balmoral called Coming Up Roses which is now in its 9th year of trade.
Hayley is a first year psychology student very proud mum to 2 boys, Jacob 20 and Kai 15.