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Meet the 2017 Gold Rush Squad: Gabriela and Hayley W.

Posted Sep 15, 2017

Each week, get to know two members of the 49ers Gold Rush. In our first installment of the season, we meet fourth-year member Gabriela and rookie member Hayley W.

Each week, 49ers.com gets to know two members of the 49ers Gold Rush. In our first installment of the season, we meet fourth-year member Gabriela from Livermore, Calif. and Hayley W., a rookie member from San Jose, Calif.

What is your dream job?


Gabriela: Being that I’ve always been fascinated with space and have a passion for research, my dream job would be to work at SpaceX supporting commercial space travel efforts.

Hayley W.: Being an event coordinator for a professional sports team.

What is your biggest fear?

Gabriela: I’m strangely scared of swimming with fish. I refuse to go snorkeling because the thought of fish swimming near me or touching me makes me squirm.

Hayley W.: I have huge fear of heights! I hate driving over bridges and high roller coasters.

Who is the most inspirational person in your life?

Gabriela:  My parents have been the biggest inspiration in my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without learning their struggles and success. My father came from Romania and taught me how to work hard and have a strong work ethic. My mother, a successful minority woman, taught me dedication and to always dream big because anything is possible.

Hayley W.

What's something our fans would be surprised to learn about you?

Hayley W.: My mom was the original director of the Gold Rush! Not only did she direct the team, but she was also on it for several years. Making the team this year and following in my mom’s footsteps made one of my biggest dreams come true!

How would you describe your style?

Hayley W.: Athleisure…workout clothes paired with the right accessories to complete the outfit.

Walk us through a day in your life?

Gabriela: My morning begins with a little play time with my dog Bellamy before I head to work. Coffee is always the first order of business before I dive into work meetings and projects. As a UX researcher, I typically run research studies where I test designs and talk with real users to improve the user experience and product. But work isn’t always so serious, some perks at my job allow me to attend workout classes, get massages, and eat lots of food!

What have you learned from being a member of the Gold Rush?

Hayley W.: I have learned that teamwork and a positive attitude are extremely important for the success of the team. Our quote this year is, “Don’t aspire to be the best on the team. Aspire to be the best for the team.” I love knowing that every woman on the team has my back and we are working together to achieve a common goal!

Do you have any pets? Tell us about your favorite furry friends?

Gabriela: I have a fox-faced Pomeranian named Bellamy. He was named after a character on the show the 100! Bellamy is super fluffy, loves belly rubs, and riding in a basket on my bike feeling the wind through his fur.

What does it mean to be a 49ers Faithful?

Gabriela: Being a 49ers Faithful means you are part of the family, and like any family, we stick together through the hard times and
the fun times.

Hayley W.: Growing up, the 49ers Organization was always a huge part of my life. Being a 49ers Faithful means being a part of the greatest organization in the world! It means supporting our team through thick and thin and supporting underserved youth to keep them “Safe, On Track, and In School”. The 49ers Organization is absolutely incredible and I am so grateful that I am able to be a part of it!

Gabriela Hayley W.
SONG Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
RESTAURANT Sushi Confidential La Fondue
CHARITY Project School Bell by Assitance League of Amador Valley All Stars Helping Kids
CHIPS Doritos Cool Ranch or Cheddar Ruffles Kettle Brand Backyard Barbeque

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