Kerri Pottharst is one of Australia’s most respected athletes. Together with Natalie Cook, she won a Gold medal in Beach Volleyball at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, which they added to their Bronze medal from Atlanta in 1996. Kerri was awarded International Beach Volleyball Player of the Decade for 1990-2000 and was Australian Champion for nine consecutive years.
In 2001, she received the prestigious Order of Australia, and in 2007, was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame (Massachusetts, USA).
Kerri’s determination and resourcefulness kept her dream of Olympic glory alive for over 20 years, and enabled her to travel the world making a living from professional Beach Volleyball.
Away from the court, she lives on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia with her husband, Max, and their son Tyson.
Since retiring from all competition in 2005, Kerri now divides her time between her three passions – her family, coaching elite-level Beach Volleyball, and inspiring people from all walks of life to achieve excellence through her writing, motivational speaking and mentoring.
To contact Kerri, visit www.kerripottharst.com
Aside from writing books and winning gold medals, Kerri's vision is to continue to inspire and motivate through her warm and personal Keynote Presentations and her fun, team-building Corporate Days on the beach. Further information on all Kerri’s work can be found on www.kerripottharst.com
“Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to you at the PA Summit in Melbourne.
I felt the need to contact you today to let you know you have changed my life....ok, for now you have changed my view on life, but I have already improved that 1% as you say on the way to changing the whole 100% of my life. Thank you so much.
I had what Oprah would call a "light bulb" moment whilst you were presenting, and believe me it has come at a time when I was really looking for something to motivate and inspire me. I didn't realise it was going to come yesterday. It did.
I'm sure in your speaking you have had this effect on many people, you should be so proud.
You're a legend. Thanks”
Amanda - PA Summit
“Great move having Kerri first up – fantastically inspirational. Awesome way to start the day!”
“Kerri was absolutely amazing and a fantastic start to the day. Natalie is wonderful, moving, a real role model for working women.”
The University of Queensland
“Very interesting and effective speakers. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed Kerri Pottharst’s presentation – very motivating. ....”
“Kerri Pottharst was BRILLIANT – what an inspirational speaker. She delivers a message that everyone can take on board. She is GOLD!”
“Thank you Kerri for adding great value to our conference. Your obvious dedication and p
assion for your sport was an inspiration to our team and showed us that dreams can be a reality….
It was a pleasure to see the transformation of a group of excited individuals into a proficient team by your simple but effective methods. To be able to accomplish this with a great sense of fun and humour is a credit to your skills. Well done”
David - Metcash Trading Ltd Australasia
“We really needed to get our guys focused on team work and results – plus give them the chance to have some fun and learn some new skills. The session on the beach was ideal – entertaining, stimulating, insightful and fun. Just the right tonic to send the troops back refreshed and motivated.”
Martin - Palin Communications
Kerri is also available for Master of Ceremonies, School Presentations and is an Elite Level Beach Volleyball Coach. For more information or to book her for your next function please visit