Kerri Pottharst

Sport, Motivational, Business

Kerri Pottharst is without question, one of Australia’s most popular female sporting personalities. She is also Australia’s most decorated Indoor and Beach Volleyball player, having represented her country for an incredible 22 years!

When she took up the sport at the age of 15, she hadn’t yet dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion.

“I was simply given an opportunity, set myself goals, worked hard and most importantly, I loved every minute of it!”

She also remains the only woman to have played professionally in the world’s most prestigious A1 Italian Indoor Volleyball league.

In 1992 a sickening knee injury should have ended her career, but in her typical no-nonsense style she recovered late in 1993, changed her goals to Beach Volleyball and then went on to compete in 3 Olympics and win two Olympic medals.

One of those was Bronze at the Atlanta Olympics and then the Gold that everybody remembers so well, at Bondi Beach during the Sydney 2000 Games.

“It was the ultimate win and after so many personal sacrifices and hardships there was no way I was going to let that moment slip away!”

She is an inspiration to her peers in sport and to others in their business, school and personal lives.

“The desire to succeed as a professional athlete and the drive and determination needed to be successful in business and personal relationships draw on similar reserves of courage and skills.”

Kerri’s vision is to continue to inspire and motivate through her warm and personal Keynote Presentations, her fun, team-building Corporate Days on the beach, and her book – “The Business of Being an Athlete”.

Her presentations provide an entertaining insight into the world of elite sport and the Olympics Games. Her material includes her fight back and struggle to overcome her terrible knee injury, how she turned her Bronze into Gold and how she constantly set higher goals to achieve success.

She captivates her audience with amazing tales, some of them walking on fire and glass to help her overcome fears and doubts.

Kerri is a dynamic and humorous presenter and will leave your group with skills and tools to help improve their business and personal lives.

She has her own posters, autograph cards and Olympic memorabilia that can be used during appearances and Corporate Days and makes sure that all autographs and photos are given that personal touch; therefore making everyone present feel special.


  • Olympian 2004
  • Olympic Gold Medallist 2000
  • Olympic Bronze Medallist 1996
  • International Team of the Decade 1990 - 2000
  • Inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame September 2007


“Kerri was fantastic and she definitely struck a chord with our team. The way she tailored her speech for us was especially powerful.”

“Fantastic. Her journey was amazing and very motivating.”
Katrina Stuve, Caltex
“Extremely interesting and motivating.”
Roslyn Clark, Abbott

“She was excellent! Very well spoken and covered so many things.”
Sharyn Fulton, Abbott

“Kerri was an excellent speaker and inspiring to listen to.”
Pauline Stanton, Abbott

“Very inspiring, and surprisingly pertinent to corporate issues.”
Jenny Whiting, Abbott

“Kerri was passionate, enthusiastic and a great warm personality – a great role model.”
Dianne Prince, Abbott

“Kerri spoke very well – easy to listen to and kept the attention of the audience. I got great insight into Olympics behind the scenes. She related well to everyday life goals.”
Karen Wein, Abbott

“Wonderful, amusing, exhilarating, and a great start to the day; she deserves all her success.”
Rhonda Booth, Brownbuilt

“At this conference Kerri captivated and motivated the audience with her story in the lead up to winning the Bronze Medal in Atlanta. She involved the right amount of humour, motivation and information to ensure she was the highlight of the evening.”
Alison Wallace, Marketing Manager for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, ACCOR

"Thank you for such an amazing session yesterday - you completely exceeded my expectations and made it such an educational and motivating session for our staff. I will certainly send you the feedback from the attendees and I look forward to discussing with you soon some prospects for future sessions."
Linda Sabry, Internal Communications Consultant, AMP Capital Investors Ltd.

"It was a real pleasure to get to know you, and I want to thank you for being with us in Paris, speaking to us and helping to create a great evening for my team."
Pim Fris, Special Consultant Transfer Pricing for Europe, NERA Economic Consulting – Paris

"A quick thank you for your very grounded and down to earth presentation the other night at the Service dinner; Bob’s team had a great day on Friday and you helped to set it up well."
Russell Hewit, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Australia

"Your presentation was a huge success! Thank you for your hard work and efforts!"
Jackie De Oliveir, Executive Officer, Womensport and Recreation NSW

"Everyone I spoke to thought your session was excellent."
Adam Downie, Senior Relationship Manager, Key Accounts, Partnerships Distribution, Westpac Banking Corporation

"Thanks, I hear your session was just sensational. I joined Mark’s team for the dinner on Thursday evening. In particular, Glen Ellis was incredibly moved / impacted by the session. He gave me a lengthy debrief!"
Peter Golovsk, Head of Key Accounts, Third Party Distribution, Westpac Banking Corporation

"On behalf of The Cobra Group, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for attending our recent conference in Port Douglas. Kerri, it was just marvellous. Congratulations on an enthusiastic and passionate presentation. Our delegates were made up of small business owners from around the world who are attempting to build, create and develop their own business to its full potential. The combination of your story with its message hit home with all those delegates (even those whom didn’t speak English) on what you can achieve if you just focus on it. What most impressed me was your willingness to associate, talk and get involved with the people from our convention, and for that I sincerely thank you. While our participants Beach Volleyball skills did not match their enthusiasm, praise must be passed on to your team for their involvement in capping off a great week for our Organisation. The whole package! A story, a message, involvement and an attitude to suit!"
Shane Ward, Vice President, The Cobra Group

“Kerri is extremely down to earth and has the rare ability of being able to communicate with all levels of the community. Having presented at a number of major corporate functions the confidence in which Kerri carries herself is a major positive. Her attitude and enthusiasm compliments her on stage performances.”
Pat Cunningham, Relationship Manager, Sponsorships, SUNCORP METWAY

“We always enjoy hearing from famous sporting personalities and your talk was funny, motivational and inspiring – your Bronze and Gold medals were a big hit! The fact that you had the members lining up for autographs and photos was evidence of your popularity.”
Mike Vasin, Executive Director, NSW Maccabi