Gold Medalists Kieren Perkins & Kerri Pottharst talk about their athletic journey and all the stories in between! We absolutely LOVED this conversation as part of our Athlete Story series in 2020. Find out more about Kerri & Kieren below:
Kerri Pottharst is Australia's most decorated Indoor and Beach Volleyball player, having represented her country for an incredible 20 years. When Kerri took up volleyball at the age of 15, she hadn't yet dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion. In 1992 a sickening knee injury should have ended her career, but in her typical no-nonsense style, Kerri recovered late in 1993, changed her goals to Beach Volleyball and then went on to compete in 3 Olympic Games and win two Olympic medals - Bronze at Atlanta and then the memorable Gold against Brazil during the Sydney 2000 Games at Bondi. Renowned for being one of the fiercest competitors in the world of Volleyball, Kerri is now also known for being a successful inspirational speaker and presenter, entrepreneur, and published author.
When Kerri took up volleyball at the age of 15, she hadn't yet dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion. In 1992 a sickening knee injury should have ended her career, but in her typical no-nonsense style, Kerri recovered late in 1993, changed her goals to Beach Volleyball and then went on to compete in 3 Olympic Games and win two Olympic medals - Bronze at Atlanta and then the Gold against Brazil during the Sydney 2000 Games.
After retiring from international level competition, Kerri has been sharing her Gold Medal Excellence strategies to inspire people on their own journey to success. She motivates and inspires people to overcome their fears and self-doubts, to set goals and to push through the barriers to achieve them. An expert at reinventing herself time and time again, Kerri can relate to the constant need to deal with a changing world to stay successful and reach even greater goals.
Kerri produced a series for Cuppa called The Athlete Story where she interviewed past Olympians on their memories of the Olympics when the Tokyo Olympics was cancelled because of the worldwide pandemic. One of those interviews was with the amazing Kieren Perkins....
Kieren Perkins is one of Australias most celebrated Olympians and swimmers. He had a stellar career, winning 18 Australian records, 3 World records and 3 Commonwealth records. He represented Australia at Monte Carlo, Rome, Auckland, Canada, Barcelona, Atlanta and the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 1992, Kieren captured the nations heart when he set a new World Record and won Gold in his famous 1500m freestyle win at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, which was followed up by another gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
With dual Olympic Gold and dual Olympic Silver Medals and an impressive list of awards and achievements, he was the first person in history to hold the Olympic, World, Commonwealth and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously.
Kierens sporting achievements are legendary and since his retirement from the pool, he has drawn on his performance, experience and proven track record in delivering on goals to create a winning formula and establish a successful career in business.
Kieren was the President of Swimming Australia and had worked as an executive in banking for the past 13 years at the National Australia Bank - most recently as CEO of the Australian Unity Bank. In December of 2021, he was announced as the new CEO of the Australian Sports Commission ‚Äö√Ñ√Æ the country's peak sporting body.
Mr Perkins brings first-hand experience of high-performance sport, as well as an intrinsic understanding of the important role grassroots sport plays in the health and wellbeing of all Australians.