Ask about Kathy Watt OAM
Key Points
  • First Australian to win Olympic Road Gold medal (1992 Barcelona Olympics) and only person to win Olympic medals on both road and track
  • Kathy winning Olympic Gold was a turning point for recognition of Women's Cycling with the first full time Road Program for women being started at AIS Canberra
  • Kathy has been very involved with cycling coaching with Kids Junior development Program, and Cycling skill sessions and fitness session for adults through bike shop and personal training Centre - Kathy Watt Cycles
  • Kathy has achieved in many sports before a 30 year career in Cycling. Winning Australian U20 3k Athletics Gold, Gold Australian Summer Biathlon Championship, Gold in Australian Rogaining Championship (24hr Navigation), Bronze (Australian Winter Biathlon), Bronze (age group) Aust XC ski Championship
  • Has a background in Sports Science - Studying Bachelor of Applied Science at Melbourne University (majoring in Physiology & Pathology, Studied Nutrition, anatomy, psychology, etc.) 2 years B. App Sci Physiotherapy before Career in Cycling
  • Olympic and Award winning photographer who loves to capture behind the scenes images of different sports. 2 years B. App Science (Photography) RMIT University
Topics
  • Making dreams come true 
    By goal setting, hard work and with passion
  • Motivation and inspiration
    Kathy's Dad, Geoff Watt, a marathon and ultramarathon runner was her inspiration. He trained with Percy Cerutty in the days of Herb Elliot, John Lady and many great runners at Percy Cerruty's Portsea Training camp. His motto was to always try his hardest and give his best. In Kathy's career as a cyclist she was a pioneer of Women's cycling and had many obstacles to overcome in the male dominated sport. With her fitness from athletics Kathy was able to progress and quickly became Olympic Champion after 6 years. During her career Kathy overcame many set backs including injuries from crashes (3rd degree burns that needed surgery before Atlanta Olympics), selection battles with cycling officialdom which finished many other champions in cycling, non selection in teams where she was Australian Champion. Kathy was able to come back stronger and tactically better to defeat her opponents and win Championships.
  • Resilience (mental, physical and emotional)
    Overcoming adversity or setbacks … such as injury, non selection, defeats, etc.
  • Mental preparation
    Mental preparation is as important as physical preparation, especially at Olympic and world level
  • Believing in yourself …. reinforce positive thoughts and actions
    In the lead up to major events Kathy worked with sports psychologists and coaches to create positive statements about what she would achieve in competitions and training. Kathy used visualisation and relaxation techniques. Also trying different race strategies and tactics she put into action at races and developed her self belief that she could win in a variety of ways on any given course. At the Barcelona Olympics one of her German Competitors said “you are great at  Climbing, time trialling & sprinting, we’re not sure how to beat you. You can win in any scenario."
  • Hard work and training using scientific methods and innovations
    Kathy was able to use her background in Sports Science to help her achieve in her sporting career
  • Road cycling is like “Chess on Wheels”
    How to learn from, and outsmart the opposition. In sport or business sometimes you need to be a good actor then implement the winning move without your opposition knowing your plan of attack
  • Working with you strengths and weaknesses 
    Achieve the best outcome to be the best you can be

     

Testimonials

We recently had the pleasure of having Kathy Watt attend our Weekly Sales Meeting to address our team and speak about her wealth of experience not only as an Olympian, but also as a mentor throughout her career. Kathy’s story of determination, will & sheer hard work was received exceptionally well by all staff as there were many parallels to be drawn between the sporting arena and what we do within our business. Kathy was engaging, down to earth and represented an extraordinary true story. We would have no hesitation in recommending Kathy to anyone looking for a great corporate speaker.
Director
O'Brien Real Estate – Hampton East / Moorabbin

Over the weekend of the 12/13th August this year we had the pleasure of hosting Kathy Watt as an ambassador for cycling and in particular women’s cycling at our classic cycling event the Noosa Strade Bianche. Kathy not only delivered an entertaining and engaging account of what it takes to be successful at an Olympic level, but also how she has transitioned that into life after her Olympic career. She was also
warm and very approachable for members of the public. Kathy also went on to ride with participants and was very open and friendly enjoying the experience, posing for photos and riding with all. If you would like to book her for a corporate function, then I think you will enjoy working with her and the stories she shares. We have had plenty positive of feedback on her participation and we had a more than sell out to our Tapas evening she spoke at, the restaurant had to fins an additional 40 places.
Noosa Strade Bianche

I have known Kathy for some forty years, both personally and professionally, being one of her first sponsors in her cycling pursuits....With her vibrant personality, honesty, and vast experience in what is required to succeed, I would not hesitate in recommending Kathy to anyone as a corporate speaker and motivator.
National Sales and Marketing Manager (retired)
Repco Cycle Co., Giant Bicycle Co.,