Kerri Pottharst has spent a lifetime decoding human high performance. She is an Olympic champion who has dedicated her life to personal growth and evolution. As a tall and lanky teenager, Kerri grew up in some ways feeling somewhat out of place. In discovering Volleyball she found a place she could call home, and it was from there she began to rise as one of Australia’s most promising young athletes.
The turning point came for Kerri at the height of her Indoor Volleyball journey when a brutal knee injury should have ended her career. But, what could have been the end, birthed a new beginning. With a winning mindset, she turned pain into purpose, and pivoted seamlessly into the world of Beach Volleyball.
The rest, as they say, is history. Most Australians will recognise Kerri who alongside Nat Cook became famously known as the DREAMACHINE after they won Gold in Beach Volleyball at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
For Kerri, this was the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and training teamed with performance and mindset coaches, on and off the sand.
During that time, she competed in 3 Olympic Games, winning two Olympic medals – Bronze in Atlanta and Gold on the iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Kerri is now a highly sought after Keynote Speaker, MC, Global Sports Commentator, Workshop Facilitator, Coach, Mentor and Author of The Business of Being an Athlete. Upon retiring from international-level competition, like many world-class athletes, becoming a speaker was a possible next step. That said, the world of speaking, just like sport, is a game where only the best survive. However, Kerri had a Gold Medal winning tool kit from her sporting experiences that would serve her well.
As a result, she has spoken to audiences from top-tier corporate organisations in Australia and around the world for over 15 years. As a speaker, Kerri is charismatic, yet credible. She is warm, yet at the same time, her content is designed to challenge audiences to step into a new potential. She is a natural storyteller sharing personal anecdotes that are both emotional and meaningful.
Kerri is renowned for being the consummate professional, and thus she embraces a solutions-based mindset, and prides herself on ensuring her content is precise yet at the same time infused with aspiration for what’s possible tomorrow.
She shares stories to entertain and motivate. She also shares the exact strategies her team used and gives real ideas and tactics to educate and inspire her audiences to believe they too can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Kerri is a modern day thought leader on what’s best described as the Art of Human High Performance. Her expertise sits beautifully in the intersection of what it takes to be a world-class athlete alongside how that skill set is applied in leadership, in building teams, cultures, and high- performing organisations. Her core approach is to view human high performance as a holistic system that integrates all aspects of the mind, body and soul.
An expert at reinventing herself time and time again, Kerri can relate to the constant need to deal with a changing world to stay successful and reach even greater goals. Her Gold Medal Excellence strategies are shared with unforgettable tales that combine motivational messages with fun.
What sets Kerri apart from other sports speakers is her experience, her authenticity, her warmth and her ability to really connect with her audience.
Everyone can relate to Kerri and her journey and they will be moved by her stories.