Hayley Lewis

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Hayley Lewis
Personal information
Full name Hayley Jane Lewis
Nationality  Australia
Born (1974-03-02) 2 March 1974 (age 41)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly
Club Commercial Swim Club

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

Lewis is currently host of The Biggest Loser.

Sporting career[edit]

Lewis's 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medals were in the 200m freestyle, the 400m freestyle, the 200m butterfly, 400m individual medley and the 4X200 free relay. She also won bronze in the 200m individual medley.

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

For the rest of her career, Lewis focused on the 800m 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 400m freestyle in Barcelona. At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, Lewis won a bronze medal in the 5 km Open Water competition. She had planned to attempt to qualify for the 10 km open water event at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but this event was removed from the competition. She competed at three Olympics.

Post swimming career[edit]

Lewis is the current host of the Australian version of The Biggest Loser and has been since the 5th season. 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]


  1. ^ a b "Lewis, Hayley Jane OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.live4.com.au/author/hayley-lewis/
  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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