As an Australian sporting legend, Katrina Webb is no stranger to a gold medal podium or a star-lit stage. She has received awards and medals most athletes only dream about. Despite this success, her journey hasn’t always been easy.
Born into a family of sporting stars, it was no surprise that a young Katrina Webb was born with natural athleticism. By the age of eighteen, she had already secured a netball scholarship at The Australian Institute of Sport. What she didn’t realise at this time was that her sporting career was about to take an unexpected turn.
During training at the Institute of Sport, Katrina was informed that she had a weakness in her right-hand side, which turned out to be a case of Cerebral Palsy. Katrina’s ability to pursue netball at a national level was now in jeopardy. Despite this, a twist of fate presented a previously unseen opportunity. Katrina was now eligible for the Paralympic games. Her weakness had become her greatest strength.
Over the years Katrina had tried to conceal her disability, so making the decision to compete at the very public Paralympics was not easy. In time, she realized that through self-acceptance and determination she could tackle her disability head on. This decision paid off when she won two Gold medals, and a Silver medal in Atlanta 1996 and at Sydney 2000 went on to win a Silver and Bronze medal.
While the Sydney Paralympics were successful for Katrina, her competitive spirit still left her with a desire to win Gold again. She knew that to do this she needed to take ‘conscious action’ and become a ‘Gold’ level performer in every aspect of her life. In the four years between the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, Katrina mastered the alchemy of performance with a clear focus on understanding mindset, and the results speak for themselves. At Athens in 2004 she won another Gold Medal in the 400-metre sprint and set a new Paralympic record.
Today, Katrina’s running career is in the past, but her passion for helping others perform at their best continues to be her greatest inspiration. Katrina is the founding Director of Silver 2 Gold High-Performance Solutions, and as a professional speaker she has impressed audiences at an International level. This includes speaking at the United Nations International Year of Sport in New York 2006.
Due to her own experience in dealing with a disability and a desire to help others, Katrina is a passionate humanitarian. She currently organises leadership treks to Nepal including Everest Basecamp, raising funds for the health, education and protection of children in Nepal.
Katrina Webb OAM
Katrina Webb OAM may well be recognised for her unique athleticism and outstanding success as a Gold, Silver and Bronze winning three times Paralympic athlete, but it is her success off the track as a professional speaker and high performance consultant that has seen her requested by corporate clients worldwide to help improve the performance of their people.
The Alchemy of Performance
Many of us have personal or professional goals that require us to step into a higher level of performance and productivity. To achieve these results, we must learn how to assess and transform our current habits and actions so that we can develop the mindset and behaviors that turn our dreams into a reality.
In this presentation, participants will learn how to manage priorities, so that time is spent on achieving desired results rather than trying to multitask a meaningless to do list. They will be able to recognize the importance of mental and emotional fitness,as well gaining insights into the physiology of high performance.
This presentation is action based, full of tools to facilitate the necessary change required to perform at a ‘gold level’ standard. The Alchemy of Performance is a holistic approach to performance, which encompasses the mental, emotional and physical aspects our lives, leading to success.
The Road to Resilience
We all deal with times in our lives where we feel overwhelmed with stress or unforeseen roadblocks. These times are difficult, but they also present the opportunity to transform our lives and create a more abundant future. In this presentation, participants are provided tools to identify their purpose and understand the values that drive behaviour. Once we can understand what motivates us, we are also able to change our actions and behaviours so that we can deal with challenging times with grace and ease. Audiences will develop the skills to attain a positive mindset and become aware of any unhelpful thinking that is acting as a roadblock to success. With focus, mindfulness and a clear purpose our dreams become our reality, regardless of what gets in the way.
Running for Love
As the saying goes, it is love that makes the world go round. In this presentation, Katrina shares her personal account of coming to terms with her disability, developing self-acceptance and harnessing these unique attributes to find peace, fulfillment, and ultimately success. Running For Love provides participants insights into the nature of self-love and self-care. It is through this process we are also able to care for the people and communities around us. It is often in accepting our differences that we can develop compassion for others. Audiences will leave this presentation with the tools to look after personal needs, a clear understanding of the value system that drives them, and clarity of purpose.
High I.D – taking the ID out of Hiding
Katrina Webb is an international speaker, leadership and personal mastery consultant, trainer in Wellbeing and Resilience and Master of ID.
Katrina Webb is recognised and acknowledged for her success as a Paralympic athlete. She has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in athletics at three Paralympic Games. Katrina is a global ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee.
Due to her own experience in dealing with a disability, off the track Katrina specialises in powering leaders, teams and individuals to success. Katrina helps organisations and leaders to understand if they are enabling or disabling individuals to reach their unlimited potential. Her presentations focus on unlocking and unblocking what is holding individuals and leaders back both professionally and personally.
90% of disabilities are invisible. Well – so what?! The fact is we all have different abilities. Highly effective leaders and teams are made up of creative, innovative and diverse individuals. It is a sign of the times now that diversity is demanded. The truth is organisations and leaders who champion ID, are those who are becoming highly sought after, followed and most talked about.
REVIEWS / TESTIMONIALS
“Your speaking was so motivational, inspiring and your presentation was so relaxing. Once again such a great motivating way to commence ones day.”
Flinders Medical Centre
“Just wanted to say a big thank you to you for your wonderful presentation this morning. Not only was it inspirational and uplifting, but I learnt some things that I plan to put into practice in my everyday life! Your passion and drive is amazing.”
“The feedback we received after your presentation was outstanding!”
NSW Health Pathology
“Many thanks for presenting at our conference last week, your stories really resonated with me personally and with our employees more broadly, it was definitely a highlight.”
L&D Consultant Discovery Parks
“Thank you for your time, your advice and your experience. I have gained so much simply from listening to your story and am excited about the way forward. I am looking toward a more focused, streamlined life where I can achieve all of my dreams, no matter what they are! Thank you for all that you have given me and please know that I consider myself extremely fortunate that your invitation to speak at this conference did not fit into the ‘no’ category!”
Attendee, Authorised Persons’ Association Conference
“The absolute best presenter I went to. I didn’t lose interest at all. She captivated the audience. Valuable tips that I can actually complement in my personal and professional life. Wonderful. I loved it. Katrina is an amazing person. Inspirational, excellent speaker and presenter.”
“I would like to congratulate you on delivering a very engaging discussion. I think your insights were extremely pertinent to the audience and you were very generous in drawing discussion points back to CRS and our job seekers.”
“Thank you for your fantastic session this morning at the Charles Sturt’s Team Leaders breakfast. Your presentation was insightful, moving and inspiring and I found it re-energised me to the core.”
Charles Sturt University
“I had the pleasure of being at the CPW Conference in Sydney last week to hear your presentation and all I can say is WOW!! I thoroughly enjoyed it, was moved to tears, and came away wanting more.”
“The feedback from the team afterwards has been over whelmingly glowing – you’re a star Katrina, really enjoyable and relevant presentation.”