Kerri Pottharst is one of Australia’s most well known and well-loved athletes – a triple Olympian with two Olympic medals. Kerri wore the Green and Gold for Australia for an incredible 22 years! She competed with the Indoor National Team for 10 years and then on the World Tour of Beach Volleyball until her retirement in 2005. She is one of our sports most decorated players. She has been inducted into the the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, been awarded Team of the Decade by the FIVB and is also a member of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. Kerri has written a book about her journey in Volleyball – The Business of Being an Athlete – and uses this to help athletes all over the world. Since retiring, Kerri now divides her time between coaching and mentoring elite-level athletes, inspiring people from all walks of life to achieve excellence through her keynote presentations and motivational workshops and also gives her time freely to support many different charities each year. Kerri is passionate about Health and Wellness and believes that sport is an essential ingredient in the lives of healthy kids and adults.
Kerri Pottharst – Women’s Beach
Our inaugural female beach inductee also played both disciplines but it was on the beach that she excelled. Over a 13 year period she won 8 Australian Beach titles and played in 92 FIVB World Tour Events amassing a total of 20 medals – 10 Bronze, 8 Silver and 2 Gold. She represented Australia at three consecutive Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Winning a bronze medal in 1996 only made her hungrier for further success which culminated in her most significant volleyball achievement – one that we will all remember – when she and her partner Natalie Cook took the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. No doubt it was this latter achievement that also helped her gain recognition as the FIVB International Team of the Decade 1990-2000.