Go Girl! Australian Natalie Cook clearly does just that. Not content with being a beach volleyball achiever at the nighest level, no less than an Olympic Gold, she also writes books. Natalie is a motivational speaker and her new book “go Girl”, published in September 2001 is described as an “inspirational tale of courage and audacity”. On the cover, Natalie appeals to her readers “Achieve your dreams”; “Unleash your power”.
This full time beach volleyball professional lives by the credo and it has secured her a place in the Olympic annals. Natalie Cook first started playing beach volleyball in 1993 and turned professional just one year later. She has shared many of her career magic moments with Kerri Pottharst, including three 2001 World Tour podiums and four 4th places. Not bad for a season that could have been an anticlimax after snatching the Olympic Gold in front of a home crowd at Bondi Beach, Sydney 2000.
Natalie Cook joined forces with Nicole Sanderson on their quest for more gold in Athens. After a successful 2003, culminating in a World Championship Bronze medal, Natalie suffered a serious shoulder injury which she carried for all of 2004. “Expecting to win an Olympic Gold medal with only one arm was my biggest mistake. I really did still believe we could do it”… And they almost did. After damaging her shoulder further she courageously battled to the end, losing narrowly to the USA in the Bronze match! Her courage and determination were inspiring to watch and will be placed in history as one of the gutsiest efforts given by an Olympic athlete.
After a successful 2007 with Tamsin Barnett, winning the Korean Open, the pair looked set to achieve their goal of winning GOLD in Beijing. Winning their pool, they built momentum and looked on top of their game. It proved a tough ask with the girls bowing out in the quarter finals to arch rivals Brasil. Nat and Tamsin left Beijing happy with their performance and with a shrug of their shoulders said “that’s sport”.
Is London calling? With 4 Olympic appearances under her belt (bikini), Nat Cook would love to represent Australia again in 2012. Natalie Cook feels she still has one more Olympics left in her.
Natalie’s presentation will captivate the hearts and minds of her audience with her tales of perseverance, passion and determination. Renowned for “walking on fire” Natalie’s life philosophy of “NO LIMITS” is reflected in her achievements and general attitude to every situation. She will leave listeners with the skills and tools to tackle any situation in their own lives.
Beach Volleyball Host
Natalie winning Olympic Gold at Bondi in 2000, saw Beach Volleyball become a popular sport with the Australian public. People love getting sand between their toes and trying their hand at this fun-team sport. It’s challenging and great for team building also be a great team-building experience with tremendous rewards for your business.
What are the Benefits for Your Business?
• Improved communication providing increased productivity.
• Re-enforcing teamwork to achieve an objective.
• Interchanging of roles can provide an insight into staff leadership skills.
• Re-energizing of staff. Physical activity improves health and well being.