Kerri Pottharst

Beach Volleyball Olympic Gold Medalist

Kerri Pottharst is Australia's most decorated Indoor and Beach Volleyball player, having represented her country for an incredible 20 years. She is renowned for being one of the fiercest competitors in the world of Volleyball.

Now she brings her hard earned skills of leadership, teamwork, communication and more to Australia's corporate audiences with unforgettable beach volleyball tales that combine motivational messages with fun - and the experience of working one to one with an Olympic hero! When Kerri Pottharst took up volleyball 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!"

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

One of those was Bronze at the Atlanta Olympics and then the Gold against Brazil during the Sydney 2000 Games. Kerri and her playing partner, Natalie Cook, brought new ideas and moves to the sport of Beach Volleyball, which are now being imitated by teams from all over the world. As testament to Kerri's abilities, since 1994 she has never been out of the top 10 and rarely out of the top six in International Beach Volleyball events.

Having retired from International level competition, Kerri Pottharst turned her attention to corporate training. Kerri works with teams, delivering inspirational presentations and following up with a day of beach volleyball; where she weaves important messages of teamwork, skill, trust, relationship building, leadership and communication into an unforgettable day of beach volleyball activities. Kerri supplies all equipment, manages the day of activities and personally coaches team members, concluding the day with finals competitions, presentations and gift packs.

Kerri Pottharst talks about:

Kerri Pottharst delivers powerful presentations, facilitates engaging workshops and hosts interactive, fun team building days. Using anecdotes from experiences as a competitor and compere at the Olympic Games, she motivates and inspires her audiences to overcome their fears and self doubts, to set goals and to push through the barriers to achieve them.

Kerri will tailor her presentation to meet your brief. Her suggested speaking topics include:

  • Passion, Preparation, Belief
  • Going for Gold
  • Turning Bronze into Gold
  • Passion, Pride and Purpose
  • Dream, Believe, Achieve

Turning Bronze into Gold - The Mindset of a Champion - Before embarking on a day of beach volleyball, Kerri Pottharst draws on her Olympic experiences to deliver a motivational presentation that inspires individuals and companies to set goals, overcome fears and doubts, and push the limits to achieve their dreams. She concludes by inviting her audiences to push their personal boundaries by walking on glass - in doing so reinforcing her inspirational messages.

Client testimonials

What can I say? Over a 20 year corporate career and the innumerable conferences/dinners/events that has involved, I have observed, and occasionally endured (!) many MCs/motivational speakers... You, for us today, were the absolute tops in my experience! Kerri, you were just fantastic. Your energy, passion and presence combined with your very confident style and ability to relate to an audience (& ours is not always an easy one!) and to get them engaged both through those skills and what you spoke about was simply outstanding, and on behalf of all of us at Womensport NSW, a HUGE thank you!

Womensport and Recreation NSW

Kerri’s presentation was sensational and the combination of her talk with the glass walking worked perfectly. Kerri delivered an outstanding address as part of Westpac boardroom dinner, keeping her audience enthralled in her sporting experiences both on and off the field. Kerri is easy to listen too, delivering her messages in an down to earth, intimate and candid way.

Westpac Banking Corporation

Kerri's presentation 'package' was very well received by our audience - the combination of video, talk with underpinning theme of goal setting, self belief and personal responsibility in the context of Kerri's drive for 'gold medal excellence', and the willingness to share her Olympic medals with the audience, was perfectly pitched to our audience. …Bringing the postcards for autographing went down very well, as of course did Kerri's ease in interacting with all and sundry….In short Kerri was professional and charming, resulting in some very happy punters.

Ernst & Young

The purpose of this letter is to thank you for your efforts in coordinating the team building session for our department at Manly. All our team enjoyed learning the skills and playing the game of beach volleyball. There have been many favourable comments on how well the session was run, particularly how there was a very even balance between outlining the skills and the actual games at the end (which as you know became quite competitive). Once again thank you for putting together an excellent team building session. Best wishes for the future success of your business.

MLC Limited

Kerri, thank you for giving us your time and your energy. I know I'm not alone in finding inspiration in your words. I do believe that the reason we all related to you and admire you is that you are so "real". We know that the things you're challenging us to do, you have done yourself, through sheer hard work and determination. The message is clear ... anything can be achieved with a vision, a plan and will-power.


Kerri was excellent. She was a brilliant presenter and a pleasure to deal with. Kerri covered the brief brilliantly and tied in our messages to her presentation to perfection. The glass walking was talked about for the rest of the conference.

Financial Services Partners