Sophia Hatzis

Digital content producer at Wild Women On Top

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Wild Woman Lee-Anne Carson was just eight-years-old when she nearly drowned. The traumatic experience made her absolutely terrified of the water. Even getting near the ocean would send her into a panic. Here's how she overcame her ultimate fear.
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A breast cancer survivor, a mother of four, a grandmother of three, a keen walker, and a mighty explorer, Julie Towner shares with us her favourite hikes and explains why being a Wild Woman has transformed her life.
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Deanna Adams has experienced mental health issues for some time. But when her mum was diagnosed with leukemia late last year, her depression turned particularly nasty. After joining Wild Women, Deanna found hiking with women gave her the tools she needed to kick her depression to the curb. For the first time in years, Deanna is excited about life and opening her eyes every day. She is living proof that hiking is a woman's best medicine.
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Philio Georgiades went to bed just like she did every night. Nothing was different or out of the ordinary. The next morning, she woke up completely blind. It was the scariest time of her life. Philio couldn't see shapes or shades or shadows. She couldn't make out figures. And she couldn't see the faces of her husband or her children. After a month of waiting, in complete darkness, Philio was told there was hope. She underwent surgery and the operation altered the course of her life. Now, she's on a mission to give back.
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We're pretty lucky in Australia. As keen adventurers and hikers, we're spoiled for choice. Sometimes it's easy to forget we're home to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders. Life-changing trips are right at our doorstep, ones that don't require a passport or hours on a plane. And they're perfect micro adventures for a girl's weekend away. If you're from Queensland, or you're hoping to explore the Sunshine state, there are hundreds of trails to try. We've asked our coaches and you - our Wild Women - to share your favourite hikes in Queensland with us. Here are the eight weekend walks that get the Wild Women tick of approval.
Caroline Wilson
Caroline Wilson's health transformation probably isn't like the ones you've heard before. It's not a drastic weight loss story. It's not about glossy before and after photos. But Caroline's story is one that deserves, and needs, to be told. Her story is truly inspirational and is one we need to remember whenever we're feeling unmotivated or tentative about getting outside of our comfort zone.
Liz Walden
Liz Walden hasn't always been into hiking. In fact, before she joined Wild Women, she was a complete newbie to the world of trekking and adventuring. But after taking on the Sydney Coastrek challenge with her friend Margaret, Liz signed up for Trek Training sessions and since then her life has transformed. So how did this complete newbie become a hardcore hiker? Liz reveals how she made it happen.
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When Kelly Books first joined Wild Women 16 years ago, she was probably just like you. Excited and maybe a bit nervous about meeting a new group of women for the first time. But, like many of our Wild Women, it didn't take Kelly long to find her feet and fully immerse herself in the community. She started out as a client, coming to Di's Trek Training in Clontarf on Monday nights. But within about 18 months, Kelly was working in the Wild Women office. Then, five years later, she became one of our first adventure coaches!
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Things don't always go to plan when you're in the outdoors. Most experienced trekkers would tell you that. You might suddenly fall ill, injure yourself, or get a bit lost. Mother Nature may also decide she wants to get involved and gift you with a torrential downpour or a snowstorm. There are plenty of physical, emotional and mental barriers that can get in the way. That stop us from crossing the finish line or climbing to the top of the mountain. But a skilled trekker will also tell you the most challenging adventures, the ones you simply can't or don't complete, can be the most memorable. This week, our Wild Woman Angela Wagland, shares why her favourite hike was one she didn't finish.
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When you think of a wild woman, there's one adventurous, kick-arse lady who should come to mind. Our Founder and Chief Adventure Chick Di Westaway. Di has been on some epic trips around the world and her bucket list gets longer and longer as the years go by. This week, Di shares her top hiking tips, her favourite trek of all time and where she's flying off to next. And it's giving us some major FOMO.
Summer is over but there’s still time to take advantage of the warmer weather, the light in the mornings and the later sunsets. If you’re hungry for a weekend adventure with your girlfriends, there are so many options close to home. From breath-taking coastal trails in Sydney to challenging hikes in the Blue Mountains, there’s tonnes to explore and do in New South Wales. Adventure is literally at our doorstep. So here are eight kick-arse hikes that should be on your to-do list.
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Two years ago, Margaret Gosper had never hiked before. She wasn't into camping, adventure or travel. Just work. But following a series of major life challenges, including divorce and a cancer diagnosis, Marg joined our community as a quiet, nervous newbie with no idea that her life was about to be turned upside down... in the best way possible! Marg is the definition of 'attitude is everything', and proves you can change your life at any stage - you just have to be a little wild.
Jacq Conway
For adventure veteran, trekking expert and Wild Women coach Jacqueline Conway, it's almost be impossible to answer the question: 'What's the best hike you've ever done'. Her choice is one you might not expect. The "magic" adventure isn't too far from home, has only recently been discovered and is one trek - Jacq believes - should be on your bucket list.
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Wild Woman Fiona Chapman isn't one to shy away from a challenge. This veteran Trek Training member and long-time explorer is putting her foot on the gas. This year, she's taking on a different kind of adventure, one that absolutely gets our tick of approval. Fiona tells us how becoming a Wild Woman has pushed her beyond what she thought she was capable of.
Margaret Sheridan
Wild Woman Margaret Sheridan was nudging 70 when she thought she might be getting too old for adventure hiking. But a challenge from her youngest son stopped those doubts in their tracks. Now 79, Margaret has completed three Coastreks and is proof that age is just a number. Here's what she's got planned next.
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When Nitu Gupta first joined Wild Women in 2016, she felt a little lost in life. In just three years, she's found her "tribe" and has achieved her ultimate goal of hiking in Iceland. With her years of hiking experience, Nitu has certainly learned what to do. But she's also discovered what not to do...
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Coastrek veteran, master hiker, and legendary Wild Woman Ann Jenkins isn't one to shy away from a test. But there's one adventure that challenged every bone and muscle in her body. She shares how she came out on top.
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If your Instagram feed is making you feel bad about yourself, change it. Here are seven positive, adventurous, kickass women to follow in 2019.
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Our beloved Trek Training coach Maryanne Spiers ticks all the boxes for being a kick-arse Wild Woman. She has a burning passion for challenge and the great outdoors. She's a mother of two boys, who have now crossed the border into adulthood. She gives back to the community regularly, volunteering as a surf lifesaver at her local Bilgola Beach. Maryanne shares what adventures are sitting at the top of her bucket list and reveals her top hiking tip, which is one we ALL need to remember.
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