POTTHARST, Kerri

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Born: 25 June 1965

Special Achievements:

2005 - First (with Natalie COOK) Olympic Gold Medal winner in Women's Beach Volleyball

Additional Information:

Kerri Pottharst OAM's Biography Olympic Gold Medalist, Kerri Pottharst is an honest and inspirational speaker. Having competed for over 22 years in a sport that she loves, Kerri draws from her success sharing valuable information in areas of communication, goal setting, skill set and achieving excellence.   Kerri Pottharst is one of Australia’s most well-known and well-loved athletes – a triple Olympian with two Olympic medals.   She is one of Australia’s most decorated indoor and beach volleyball players and is the only Australian woman to have competed in the prestigious A1 Italian Indoor Volleyball League.   After overcoming countless challenges and potentially devastating injuries that threatened to end her sporting career, Kerri’s drive to succeed saw her take to the court to win Bronze at the Atlanta Olympics. But it was her unparalleled strength, focus and determination that allowed her to transform her Bronze into Gold on Bondi Beach at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, in an overwhelming demonstration of the power of courage, persistence and personal belief.   Since retiring from national and international competition in 2005, Kerri now divides her time between her three passions – her family, coaching elite-level volleyball, and inspiring people from all walks of life to achieve excellence through her keynote presentations and motivational workshops.  Throughout her 25 year athletic career, Kerri has excelled in breaking up the long road toward her dream of Gold, into small steps. She learnt that without setting goals in life, nothing will ever change. Stop the run of “bad luck” while you’re waiting for “good luck” to come along. Design your own luck.   Corporate Team Building The perfect Australian experience, especially for incentive groups or overseas delegates. In addition to keynotes, Kerri also facilitates Beach Volleyball team building workshops. During these sessions Kerri and her coaches take to the beach with delegates – teaching them the skills needed to play as a team in a fun and practical way. Nothing has been more important throughout Kerri's two decades of representing her country than teamwork. When teamwork breaks down in business the results are disastrous. Better communication, clear leadership, shared vision, support, flexibility and a solid game plan are all ingredients to make up the perfect team, and they're all traits Kerri and her team will drill into staff during a day full of fun and learning...   The Power of Personal Belief In sport, in business and in personal life, so much relies on personal belief – 

BooksThe Business of Being an Athlete: How to Build a Winning Career in Sport

Olympic medalsBeach volleyball at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament.