Hayley Lewis

Hayley Jane Lewis, OAM[1] (born 2 March 1974), is an Australian former competitive swimmer best known for winning five gold medals and one bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games as a 15-year-old.

Hayley Lewis
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Hayley Lewis 2011
Personal information
Full nameHayley Jane Lewis
National team Australia
Born (1974-03-02) 2 March 1974 (age 46)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubCommercial Swim Club

Lewis is a former host of The Biggest Loser.

Sporting careerEdit

Lewis's 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medals were in the 200-metre freestyle, the 400-metre freestyle, the 200-metre butterfly, 400-metre individual medley and the 4×200-metre freestyle relay. She also won a bronze in the 200-metre individual medley.

At the 1991 World Championships in Perth she won gold in the 200-metre freestyle, silver in the 400-metre freestyle, silver in the 400-metre individual medley, and bronze in the 200-metre butterfly.

For the rest of her career, Lewis focused on the 800-metre freestyle, in which her best Olympic result was a silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 1994 Rome World Championships. She also won a bronze medal in the 400-metre freestyle in Barcelona. At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, Lewis won a bronze medal in the 5-kilometre open water competition. She had planned to attempt to qualify for the 10-kilometre open water event at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but this event was removed from the competition. She competed at three Olympics.

Post swimming careerEdit

Left to right, Michelle Bridges, Tiffiny Hall and Hayley Lewis (2011)

Lewis is a previous host of the Australian version of The Biggest Loser between 2010 and 2014The Biggest Loser (Australian TV series). She started the first swimming centre based inside a major shopping centre within Australia in 2002 at Westfield Carindale in Brisbane.[citation needed] In September 2010, Westfield's redevelopment plans saw Lewis's pool demolished. She now owns a gift and homewares store in Brisbane, Coming Up Roses.[citation needed] In April 2011, Random House published Hayley's first business book, Dream Believe Create. She married her childhood sweetheart, Greg Taylor, in 1997 and they have two sons, Jacob and Kai.[citation needed]

She is also a regular contributor to entertainment and lifestyle website Live4.[2]


Lewis was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1997.[3] She received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2003.[1][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Lewis, Hayley Jane OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Hayley Lewis OAM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Lewis, Hayley Jane". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 October 2013.

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