For years, Hayley Deller had her sights set on taking part in The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane. However, her social calendar and subsequent party lifestyle kept her from smashing her goal. It wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago that Hayley realised the need to re-evaluate her lifestyle and focus on her own health.
This year, Hayley is not only competing in the race, she is supporting a charity that is very close to her heart – Breast Cancer Trials (formerly known as the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia). We sat down with Hayley to talk about why she is taking on the challenge of The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane, and her passion for the cause her steps are supporting.
Of all the worthy causes to support, why your chosen charity, Breast Cancer Trials (BCT)?
Five years ago my mother was diagnosed with a rapid form of breast cancer. She is cancer-free now but battles the repercussions every day, with the worst being lymphedema in her right arm. I chose to support BCT because they conduct life-saving breast cancer research with a commitment to finding better treatments for people impacted by breast cancer. I hope that one day, nobody will have to experience the heartache and trauma caused by breast cancer that my mum did.
What event are you participating in and who will you be running with?
I’m running in the 10km event as part of the BCT VIP Charity Team.
Why did you choose Bridge to Brisbane?
Since moving away from a ‘party lifestyle’ over the last few years, I have been enjoying finding new challenges, including running. I’m a personal trainer with a huge passion for educating and inspiring people to incorporate health into their lifestyle, though I usually don’t run past 2km, so 10km is going to be a great challenge!
Where is your favourite spot to go for a run in Brisbane?
The Botanic Gardens.
If you could go for a run with one person (celebrity or not), who would it be and why?
My mum, because it would mean she is pain free and in good health.
Top tip for people training for The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane?
Plan out your training schedule in the time leading up to the run so you can progressively increase the demand on your body. Always remember, your next workout is only as good as your previous recovery! Sometimes when we are so focused on a goal, we forget simple self-care like sleep, hydration and stretching, which are all essential elements of the training process.
If you could get one message out to people, following your personal experiences, what would it be?
Invest in yourself because if you aren’t at your best then how can you help the people you love? Be a student of the world and learn how to manage yourself so you can live your best life.
Want to join Hayley on the track as part of BCT VIP Charity Team, #PinkChampions, to raise money for life-saving breast cancer research? Contact the Breast Cancer Trials team via email today with your contact details to receive free pink hat and sparkly gold bib to wear on Race Day, as well as priority wave start!