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Kitty Chiller Travels from Melbourne, VIC

Kitty Chiller


  • Business
  • C E O / M D
  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Motivational
  • Olympian
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Sport
  • Team Building

Kitty Chiller has reinvigorated the culture of Australia's Olympic Team. The driving force behind the successful ONE TEAM approach, she was the Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team (the first ever female to hold this prestigious position) and was also the Deputy Chef de Mission in London 2012.

An international sporting champion in her own right, Kitty was a Sydney 2000 Olympian in Modern Pentathlon.

Kitty Chiller is an expert in strategic and operational planning and management; learning and development; workforce training; sports management and leadership; event management; project management and communication. Her leadership skills are widely recognised now in Australia as being the very best – leading the Australian Team with authenticity, strength and an enormous personal drive.

As well as working with Australian Olympic teams, Kitty has worked as a sports journalist, and senior executive manager in organisations including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2006 Doha Asian Games Organising Committees; the Australian Sports Commission; Surf Life Saving Australia and Athletics Australia. She is currently doing consultancy work to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

She brings a genuine expertise and her many and varied experiences to every speaking address, delivering powerful keynote presentations that are packed with insights and important take-home messages about leadership, dealing with diversity, change management and delivering cultural change. Kitty’s presentations are open, honest and often quite raw, with a regular injection of humour.

Kitty Chiller began competing internationally in the sport of Modern Pentathlon while studying at the University of Melbourne. Her first international sporting success came at the World Aquathlon Championships (swimming and running) in 1982. She then joined her University fencing club, learned to ride a horse and shoot and launched her modern pentathlon career.

Kitty spent almost two decades at the top of her sport before female modern pentathlon was added to the Olympic program in 2000. She became a 12-time National Champion, seven-time World Cup medallist and six-time World Cup finalist. Chiller was ranked World Number One in the world in the mid-1980s and again in 1996, 1997 and 1998. At the age of 36, Chiller competed at the Sydney Olympic Games, despite seriously injuring her kneecap the week before the Games, requiring a reconstruction afterwards. She placed 14th.

Retiring after Sydney 2000, Kitty has continued to be involved in a sport. Her appointments include Executive Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee; President of Modern Pentathlon Australia and the Oceania Modern Pentathlon Confederation and also Executive Board Member of the International Modern Pentathlon Federation.


We had the pleasure of hearing Kitty Chiller give the keynote speech about her role as Chef De Mission of the Australian Olympic team to Rio for the recent Olympics. Her address by any measure was superb, well delivered, thoughtful and insightful. For parts, you felt you had been transported to the village, so clear was her story of what confronted the team on arrival at the village. She rightfully received a standing ovation… the audience fully appreciated the energy, passion and dedication she put into the role.

Maccabbi Australia Inc


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