Natalie Cook

Nat grew up playing a lot of sport and spent her younger years on the beach as a Nipper. Then at just 7 years of age, the light bulb went off. Nat was watching the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games on the television at home in Townsville. She watched with immense pride and excitement as her hero an fellow Queenslander, Lisa Curry, triumphed and won Gold in the pool an incredible three times.

Cook partnered with Kerri Pottharst to represent Australia at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, winning a bronze medal—the first time that beach volleyball had been an Olympic sport. In the same year, the pair won a silver medal at the world championships, and came first in the World Tour Event in Japan.

All the hard work ultimately paid off. Nat and Kerri cemented themselves a place in sporting history and Australian folklore by winning Olympic Gold on the iconic Bondi beach at the 2000 Olympic Games. Shortly after the 2000 Olympics, Pottharst retired from the sport. But Nat went on to compete in another 3 Olympic Games (one with partner, Nicole Sanderson, and two with Tamsin Hinchley) before retiring after the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Today, Nat is one of the world’s most sought after inspirational speakers, and is passionate with helping others all around the world as a health and wellness coach.