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About me

  • Cycling
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Olympics

Kathy Watt OAM rose to world-wide fame when she became Australia’s first female cycling Gold Medallist. Kathy won Gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the Road Race, then Silver on the track in the 3km Individual Pursuit, making her the first ever Australian – female or male – to win two individual cycling medals at the same Olympics. No-one else has ever won Olympic medals on both road and track. Her performance made Australian history and inspired the nation.

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Prior to Kathy’s break-through win, women’s cycling had a low national profile and minimal support. Kathy’s Olympic success instigated the introduction of a full-time cycling program for women at the Australian Institute of Sport. This changed the face of women’s cycling, which now enjoys a high profile and sustained success.

Her two Olympic medals were the highlight of a 25 -year international career, which encompassed two Olympic Games,World Championship campaigns & World Tour events , and four Commonwealth Games – winning another four Gold medals, 2 Silver & Bronze. Kathy's contribution to cycling has been recognised with an Australian Female Olympic Award, Order of Australia Medal, and induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Victorian Cycling Hall of Fame. In March 2019, on International Women’s Day, Kathy will be inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

In 1988, the Women’s Tour de France was held in conjunction with the Men’s race and in her first major International Tour, Kathy placed 7th overall. Kathy competed in the Women's Tour de France six times and is fluent in French. Kathy has held the Leaders Jersey in the Tour of Italy, won the Points Jersey and placed 2nd and 3rd overall as well as winning several stages. Kathy has won World Cups and World Tour Events. Kathy’s achievements in cycling include 32 National Championships in Road Racing, Track Racing and Mountain Bike. Kathy was the first Australian woman to win a medal at a World Championships when she won Bronze in the Individual Road Time Trial in Columbia (1995).

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Kathy is a Motivational Speaker and can confidently talk about Goal Setting, Motivation, Resilience, Success and Inspiration, Women in Sport, and Similarities between Success in Business & Sport  as well as all aspects of cycling.  Her corporate speaking engagements have included Citibank, Toyota, Optus, Giant Bicycles, Sunbury Business Association, O’Briens Real Estate and opening the Puffing Billy Rail Trail. Kathy is an award-winning photographer and attended 4 recent Olympics (Summer and Winter) as an Official Photographer.

Based in

  • Victoria

Available in

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Worldwide

Available for

  • Birthday party appearance
  • Attend an event
  • Record a video message
  • Deliver a speech
  • Team announcement (captain, awards etc.)
  • Message for specific person
  • Club or event promotion
  • Video Q&A
  • Guest speaking
  • Product launch