Sports Motivational Speakers
You have one job: Choose a great sports motivational speaker for your fundraiser, board meeting, team-building workshop or charity event. You don’t know it yet, but you’re at a career crossroads.
Now cast your mind into the future. It’s the big day. The soft murmur of chit-chat dies down. The rustling of paper and clinking of water glasses falls eerily silent. All eyes are now on the stage. Are you waiting for the floor to open up and swallow you? Or are you quietly confident that you’ve done your homework and have chosen one of the best sports motivational speakers for the job? Someone who’ll entertain, inspire and motivate your audience. Someone who’ll really pack a punch with her unique and infectious brand of enthusiasm. Someone who’ll really bring the wow factor and take your event to the next level. This is your make-or-break moment too. Prepare to shine…or to crash and burn. It’s up to you.
Natalie Cook – Sports Motivational Speaker
If you’ve done your homework, you’ve chosen Natalie Cook. Five-time Olympian, published author and successful businesswoman, Nat Cook’s one of the pre-eminent sports motivational speakers on the international public speaking circuit. If you’ve got Nat on your side, it’s time to beat the rush and give yourself a high-five and a hard-earned pat on the back. Your work here is done.
If you haven’t decided on your speaker yet, here’s why you should choose a sports motivational speaker over all the others…and why you should choose Nat Cook.
Why sports motivational speakers are better than the rest
Your conference, workshop or event isn’t a brag fest, free meal or a meet ‘n greet opportunity. If you book the wrong person that’s what you could end up with. Book any old speaker and you’ll get a mildly entertaining monologue that’s quickly forgotten. Book a sports star and you’ll run the risk of being regaled with well-worn anecdotes of the sporting glory days past by someone who’s resting on their laurels…and not much else. You can do so much better than that!
Book a sports motivational speaker and you’ll elevate your event to a whole new level of awesomeness. A sports motivational speaker has got what it takes to inspire and motivate everyone in the room with their fist pumping enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude. When you book a sports motivational speaker you’re investing in an outcome – one that will pay dividends in the long run.
A truly great sports motivational speaker is champing at the bit to inspire and motivate you and your audience by sharing their insights. After all, they’ve learned some crucial lessons along the hard road to sporting greatness. They want to show you the shortcuts.
The best sports motivational speakers go one step further. They can show you how to adapt what they’ve learned to any field of endeavour, be it in the sporting arena, in business or at a personal level. They get a kick out of inspiring people. They want to see you galvanised into action. They want to be the springboard to your success.
What you should look for in a sports motivational speaker
If you’re looking for a sports motivational speaker for your next function, look for someone who…
- Has met adversity head-on and emerged triumphant;
- Can boast a proven track-record of achieving greatness in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds;
- Has broken new ground with their formidable history of success on a national and international scale, not just in the sporting field but in a variety of other endeavours;
- Has earned the reputation as a respected household name;
- Is equipped with the talent, skills and ability to really reach out and make a personal, memorable connection with any audience, anywhere; and
- Can tailor their presentation to your specific needs and priorities.
Motivational sports speakers are better equipped than anyone else to fulfil the requirements of the brief for your next meeting, workshop, fundraiser or event.
What you should look for in a sports motivational speaker
Nat Cook ticks all of the boxes when it comes to excelling as a sports motivational speaker. This is her story.
Nat Cook’s long road to Olympic success
Born Natalie Louise Cook on 19 January 1975 in Townsville, Queensland, her life might have taken a completely different path had it not been for her own personal light bulb moment.
At just 7 years of age, Nat Cook watched with immense pride and excitement as her hero and fellow Queenslander, Lisa Curry, triumphed at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games. Curry won gold in the pool an incredible three times. The ripples created by Curry’s success weren’t just limited to Brisbane. They rapidly spread across the nation.
Back home in Townsville and glued to the television screen as Curry stood on the podium to receive her medals, the young Nat Cook felt an immense shift within. This was her light bulb moment: She too wanted to feel the weight of a gold medal around her neck. There was no turning back.
A spark was ignited and, fanned by her insatiable appetite for hard work; it was soon to become an unstoppable force driving her on towards Olympic glory. Nat Cook truly understands the power of inspiration and motivation and wants to pay it forward.
Nat’s early successes
As a youngster, Nat Cook was a gifted athlete and fierce competitor. What’s more, she didn’t just show promise with her athletic ability or in her sporting endeavours. She was also very bright academically.
Nat Cook spent her secondary school years juggling her studies with training and competing as an athlete. In fact, she captained the Australian Junior Indoor Volleyball team the same year she completed her secondary education. That kind of workload is enough to bring most of us to our knees. Not Nat Cook.
In fact, her fierce determination and capacity for self-discipline saw her awarded Corinda State High School’s most illustrious prize in 1992: Dux of the school. She also capped it off by winning the Caltex All-Rounder Award that year too.
Nat’s academic prowess was quickly recognised. She gained admission to the highly prestigious and sought-after Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Queensland. But the time was approaching for her to make an agonising choice: put her sport to one side and pursue a career in physiotherapy? Or find out once and for all whether she had what it takes to win a gold medal?
Making the shift to beach volleyball
By this time, Nat had transitioned across to the more physically demanding sport of beach volleyball. It was the perfect collision of two of her favourite things: the beach culture and the sport that she lived and breathed.
Nat’s choice became crystal clear with the announcement that beach volleyball was set to become an Olympic Sport at the 1996 Atlanta Games. She put her studies on hold, turned professional in 1994 and threw herself completely into the sport. Everything fell into place. The time was right to follow her dreams of Olympic glory.
Nat Cook’s Olympic journey
Nat Cook was selected to represent Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. With its parallels to the Australian beach lifestyle, the fledgling Olympic sport of beach volleyball soon captured the attention of the Australian public. Overcoming injuries, fatigue and incredible odds, Nat and her fellow beach volley baller, Kerri Pottharst, combined forces to win a bronze medal at their very first Olympic outing. It wasn’t overnight success though. For Nat it was the culmination of many years of sacrifice and dedication.
At last, Nat found herself standing on the podium, recipient of an Olympic medal. But the best was yet to come. Spurred on by her achievement, Nat Cook had never before been more determined to succeed. The bronze was a huge achievement, but she still had gold in her sights.
Nat and Kerri soon proved that their success wasn’t just a one-off. They won a silver medal at the next World Championships and triumphed at the World Tour Event in Japan. Shortly afterwards, Pottharst retired from the sport.
Nat repositioned herself and joined forces with Nicole Sanderson. Together they were selected to represent Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The lead-up to the games was gruelling. Nat realised the crucial role played by motivation and the power of the mind along her Olympic journey. She devoted every waking moment to achieving her goal of winning an Olympic gold medal.
All that hard work paid off. Nat Cook and Nicole Sanderson gained a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the lead-up to the final. They cemented themselves a place in sporting history and Australian folklore by winning an Olympic gold medal in the final held on the iconic Bondi beach.
Nat went on to secure another bronze medal at the 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championships. She also held 11 national titles.
Since her first Olympic appearance at the Atlanta Games in 1996, Nat Cook has become the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games: 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. Few athletes can boast of even coming close to this incredible achievement.
Recognition Of Nat Cook’s Contribution To Sport - The Perfect Motivational Speaking Story
Nat Cook’s contribution to the sports of volleyball and beach volleyball have been recognised at both a national and international level.
She was named as Recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia following her triumph at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was also honoured by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (Volleyball’s international governing body) when she was named as a member of their ‘Team of the Decade’.
Closer to home, in 2013, she was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and the following year, the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame and the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. Not many can boast that level of recognition on a state, national and international level. Nat Cook can.
Nat Cook’s Other Achievements
Nat Cook’s achievements have gone far beyond her sporting triumphs. She’s also been active in supporting Camp Quality, 4ASD kids and the CHERISH Foundation. Her understanding of the fact that sport should play a greater role in public health saw her establish the Nat Cook Foundation and its LOL (Live Out Loud) Program to combat childhood obesity.
Nat is also a published author of two books and successful business owner. She continues to give back to the sport she loves in a public role, having previously held office as Queensland Olympic Council President. In October 2015, Nat Cook was appointed to the World Olympians Association Board as the Oceania Region’s representative.
More recently, Nat became a parent. She’s embarked on parenthood with the same infectious brand of enthusiasm and dedication that’s characterised her career and public life to date. No doubt she’ll make a resounding success of that too.
Nat Cook’s background as a professional beach volley baller, published author, business woman, mother and public figure, coupled with her immense talent for public speaking has earned her the right to be recognised as one of the very best sports motivational speakers, or indeed any background in the world.
How Businesses & Individuals Benefit From A Great Sports Motivational Speaker
If you’re looking for a motivational sports speaker for your next corporate conference, team building event, charity function, luncheon or workshop, look no further than Nat Cook.
She’s an experienced, masterful and talented presenter. Nat is adept at showcasing her enviable ability to motivate and inspire any audience, anywhere. Nat doesn’t just show up. She does her homework and tailors her presentation to your specific audience so as to maximise its impact. She’ll make a personal connection with your audience and motivate and inspire them to achieve anything they want to achieve. Most of all, you’ll find Nat Cook to be a completely authentic, approachable and inspirational keynote speaker at your next event.