Hayley Holt is always surprised by the public’s perception that she’s Christchurch-born which is not quite the case.
She was actually born in Epsom, Auckland where she describes a young Hayley as a dreamer who wanted to be a princess before realising the reality of the gig and how unsuitable it was for her. Instead she threw herself into giving everything she tried 100% - whether it was horse riding, ball room dancing or snowboarding. An attitude she still possesses to this day.
Hayley initially took up snowboarding in an attempt to copy her cool brother, little did she know it would be the sport that took her around the world, and eventually land her The Crowd Goes Wild gig where she currently still works.
Growing up she had a wide variety of jobs to fund the snowboarding lifestyle – from hammer hand on her father’s building site, to waitressing, to acting as a giant tooth in a Listerine commercial – Hayley has done it all. The world of TV came calling the day Candy Lane called and asked Hayley to audition for Dancing with the Stars. She appeared on the show for three years, and during that time appeared on a number of reality shows as well.
Hayley joined The Crowd Goes Wild in 2010 after being shoulder tapped to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on behalf of the show. They needed a presenter who knew about snow sports and Hayley was the perfect fit for the role. Six years on and Hayley loves being part of the Crowd Goes Wild team – especially getting to work with crazy smart people to create engaging and relevant content.
When she’s not working, Hayley is a homebody and undercover geek. She’s currently studying towards her Politics degree, is passionate about people, the future of eco-building and loves visiting her parent’s farm up north with her dog Pablo.