Full Name: Hayley Lauren Bateup
Place of Birth: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Resides: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Star sign: Capricorn
Education: Diploma in Business, Level 1 Surf Coach
Occupation: Professional Athlete (Ironwoman)
Surf Club: Kurrawa Surf Club
Coaches: Phil Clayton & Colin Braund
Residing on the Gold Coast, QLD, this charismatic 31-year-old Surf lifesaver / Ironwoman could possibly be the fittest Australian female athlete of all time. Underpinned by an incredible inner-drive and gruelling and constant training load, Hayley’s national & international record speaks for itself. Certainly, out of the water, there are very few prouder Australian athletes who can compare with her combination of striking physical appearance and accomplished presentation skills.
Intelligent, confident, charming and sometimes controversial, Hayley has proven to be an ideal presenter and interviewee for television, radio & print.
Unfortunately Hayley has not been able to race in the 2010/2011 season due to shoulder surgery. She hopes to be back for the Australian titles 2011. There are no results for the 2009/2010 Australian championships because the event was called off due to conditions.
Hayley Bateup is an extraordinary young Australian known for an intense competitive streak and thrives in conditions mere mortals would fear to tread. With many years of competition ahead of her, good judges have said she has the ability and drive to be the best Iron Woman this country has produced.
Hayley Bateup made history being the only athlete, male or female, to win the Coolangatta Gold three times. The Coolangatta Gold is classed as the toughest and hardest race to finish on the iron-woman calendar. In a distance of 31km against a blustering northerly, Bateup ski-paddled, swam, board paddle and ran her way to victory 3 times. Guy Leech did make history by winning the original Coolangatta Gold race twice and is quoted saying the ‘Gold’ ‘is not like a short course’ race implying the toughest competitor will win ‘as luck doesn’t come into it’. Hayley is now setting her sights on winning 5 Coolangatta Golds.
Throughout Hayley’s career she has received keen media interest. She has appeared in all avenues of media creating what is said to be the highest profile in surf sports. In 2008 she appeared in the channel 7 hit show ‘Gladiators’ as Nitro’, fastest gladiator which was profiled off her natural ability. Hayley is looking forward to working in the media industry as well as racing throughout the next few years.