This season, we’re proud to share the inspiring stories of three Australian women who created their

own opportunities, became the first in their fields and took the lead with empathy, optimism and resilience.

In Trailblazers: First Ladies, we chat with Rachael Robertson (Antarctic expedition leader, best-selling

author and keynote speaker), Leah Heiss (designer of world’s first modular hearing aid) and Lydia Lassila

(five-time Olympian and Olympic medallist) about what it takes to be a great leader.

Lydia Lassila was always destined to be an athlete. After falling in love with gymnastics

at a very young age, she quickly began herpursuit for athletic prowess.Her focus shifted from

gymnastics to freestyle aerial skiing with a clear vision: to be the best female aerial skier that ever lived. 

With just two years of skiing under her belt, at age 20, Lydia competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics Games.

At 28, she overcame a devastating knee injury to win her first Olympic gold medal. She became Australia’s first

female winter athlete to compete at five games and is our most decorated female skier, having won two Olympic medals.

After retiring from competing in 2018, the tenacious mum of two is busy pursuing other passions, among them

a thriving business and appearing on Australian Survivor last year. Lydia talks to Yarra Trail about making

friends with fear, turning adversity into success and holding true to your vision. 

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