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Kerri Pottharst OAM

Kerri Pottharst OAM

Olympic Gold Medallist, Kerri Pottharst OAM 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.

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Testimonials for Kerri Pottharst OAM

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk. Loved the journey and the commitment. It all begins with talent and a vision. Followed up by your perfect execution of the plan. The finish up with walking on glass was fantastic. Everyone is talking about what a great presentation you did and that this is the best International Womens Day lunch we have hosted.”
Sullivan Dewing Pty Limited  

“Kerri, I wanted to say how delighted we were to have you attend our event last night. You did a great job of networking and speaking. Thank you so much and I look forward to meeting up again at some time in the future.”
Westpac Private Bank | BT Financial Group

“THANK YOU for your wonderful, inspiring and at times funny speech. You were the highlight of the evening and our staff really enjoyed being able to touch your Olympic medals, have a photo taken with you at the end of the night and a bit of a chat too. I highly recommend you for any event as your story is relevant to such a broad range of people.”
University of Wollongong NSW

I have been to plenty of team building/motivational sessions and I can’t recall any of them being as enjoyable as Saturday. You are a great personality with the ability to adapt to your audience and I speak on behalf of the boys when I say that a major factor to us enjoying the session was your company rather than the actual activities. You should be proud of what you have achieved and what a great person you are. Thanks again, and I hope that our paths cross sometime in the future. GIO Australian

"We were privileged to have Kerri Pottharst attend our Company Away Day recently. It was a fantastic experience to train & play several games (even being offered some match winning tips!) with not only a professional athlete, but such a great person. It was inspirational to have the opportunity to meet someone who has achieved so much in their sporting career, including the ultimate goal for any sportsperson...winning an Olympic medal. It certainly made mine & the rest of the Seafolly staff's day one to remember."
Kerri Pottharst OAM Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

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.  

Working now with a range of businesses, imparting knowledge to executives, managers and staff about the disciplines she learned from elite sport, and how they can be applied to business. Her inspirational Goal Setting workshops, captivating Keynote Presentations and exciting Corporate Team Building events will challenge your beliefs, stretch your boundaries and push you beyond your comfort zone.  

You will discover the secrets to goal-setting success, develop invaluable communication strategies and learn new skills that will allow you to achieve your full potential – and they’re also a whole lot of fun!

Speaking Topics Include

Master of Ceremonies
Kerri is prepared, professional and flexible. Funny or formal, Kerri easily adapts her style. Brighten up your conference, lunch or dinner with one of Australia’s most popular sporting personalities. Usually a male’s domain, hosting functions, Kerri provides a breath of fresh air! See her medals, laugh about her Olympic antics and get the real answer to why those uniforms are so skimpy! Kerri’s quick sense of humour and bright personality will have your guests asking for more!! 

Overcoming Fear and Doubt
The single greatest obstacle to a team performing at their peak and beyond is a defeatist mental attitude. Change that thought pattern and the people representing your business will go from good to great. Kerri demonstrates, using examples from her international sporting career, how she and other great athletes have changed their outlook for spectacular results.  

Pushing Your Limitations
Everybody sets limits for themselves, but how often do you question those limits? Why settle for average when you can have outstanding? Through her own experience and via her consultation to other elite sportspeople Kerri has learnt how to raise these limits, how to accept that we can all be champions and how to make that happen as a team.  

Goal Setting
Goal Setting is definitely one of Kerri’s strengths. Be inspired by her stories of setback, injury and defeat. Learn how she overcame them all to compete in 3 Olympic Games and win 2 Olympic Medals by setting goals. Discover how she turned her Bronze into Gold! Learn strategies and ways to ensure that your goals will be achieved. 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 – that unshakeable confidence which all champions share. At the end of a session with Kerri, after the feared and revered walk across broken glass, staff will have a new vision of themselves. They will also have the tools with which to constantly update and fine tune their personal belief, giving them a new outlook on life and work.

Additional topics include:

 Building a Mindset for Success in todays busy world

Mindfulness and how to apply it for Success

Health, Wellbeing and Success

Coping with stress, Resilience and Bouncing Back when things go wrong!

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