Ladies of the GC: Hayley Bateup

Ironwoman and lifestyle coach

Widely recognized as one of the fittest women in Australia, Hayley Bateup is an Australian Ironwoman, winner of 3 Coolangatta Gold and 20 national surf titles. You may recognize her as Nitro from the TV program Gladiators. Now retired from competitive sport, we asked Hayley a few probing questions.

There’s a saying ‘Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are’. What is ‘good food’ to you?
Good food to me is anything fresh and healthy. I don’t eat processed food and I don’t fry my food. At every meal I try to eat a balanced meal of protein, carbs and fat.

Your passion for health and fitness is obvious. How do you spend your down time?
I enjoy going out with friends to the surf club, or riding a bike out to lunch or a movie. I’ve been building a house, and I’ve really enjoyed the design aspect of that.

You retired late last year due to injury. What goals have you yet to achieve?
In Ironwoman I achieved most of my goals. Because you’re not competing against a time, there’s a lot of luck involved and lots of disappointment, but that only makes the ups sweeter. I can’t train like I used to, especially in swimming, but I’d like to work on my riding and running to compete in a triathlon and half marathon; not just to compete, but to do a good time. Apart from that, I’m concentrating on my business goals as the owner of Body Blitz.

What message do you have for young sportswomen of today?
Don’t overtrain! Look after your body. Use Pilates and the right personal trainer to make sure that you’re in the right alignment so your body can function correctly. Take time to rest, and don’t train when you’re sick; it can lead to heart problems.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Everyone sees me as outspoken and strong. When you get to know me, I’m really a softie at heart!

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