WHO IS THIS ADVENTURE CHICK?
Di Westaway is the Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top and Coastrek. She is a global leader and award-winning woman of influence who has inspired more than 35,000 people off the couch and into hiking adventures while raising over $25 million for charity and leading an adventurous life she loves.
She does work she loves with people she loves the way she loves and she’s keen to help families, friends and workers do the same.
When she’s not freaking us out by doing handstands on knife-edge summits, Di leads her team on a mission to connect, inspire and empower each other and our community.
She is passionate about motivating women to lead adventurous lives they love, creating pleasure, power and productivity from hiking adventures.
Di is an adventure coach, mother, motivational speaker, 2017 NSW Telstra Business Women's Awards finalist, 2016 AFR/Westpac 100 Woman of Influence, world-record holder and author of Natural Exhilaration and How to Prepare for World Class Treks.
She is has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, The Canberra Times, HuffPost Australia, Mamamia, Essential Kids, The CEO Magazine Australia, The Hoopla, Thrive Global, Great Walks and AG Outdoor.
She has climbed many extreme altitude peaks and holds the record for the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam, 6,982m, Nepal.
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Wild Women On Top was founded in 2002 by Di Westaway, after she suffered a ‘mid-wife’ crisis. She found a solution to her sadness in a mountain quest which inspired her to transform her life.
She learned that extreme wilderness challenges not only bring natural exhilaration but require more physical fitness, mental and emotional ‘tuffness’, team work and toasty warm socks than she’d ever imagined. She also found that friends, positive thinking, preparation, wet wipes and zip-lock bags make life a whole lot more fun in the wilderness, and that the lessons from a challenging adventure can be used to manage traumatic bad-hair days and worse in our day-to-day lives.
She was inspired to help women prepare for adventure challenges. To teach them the lessons she learned the hard way in order for them to achieve extraordinary goals and lead adventurous lives.
In 2007, coach Lisa Marshall discovered and loved Di’s vision, shared her passion and soon became Director of Wild Women On Top. Together, they created the iconic Coastrek Brand and positioned Wild Women On Top as experts in Trek Training and Wild Adventures for women.
In 2009, Di founded the Wild Women On Top Coastrek Team Trekking Challenge, proudly supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation. This event has inspired tens of thousands of Australians to get fit trekking and has raised over $20 million for charity.
In 2017, after Lisa moved on to focus on her young family, corporate queen Tania Taylor, General Manager at Wild Women On Top, leapt at the opportunity to take up co-ownership of this fast-growing business for good. With Tania’s skills, the business is perfectly positioned to share their message globally and inspire more women to lead adventurous lives they love.
If you’d like to journey to amazing remote places with like-minded women and live your dreams, we are the tribe for you.