Olympic gold medalist Kerri Pottharst is a professional beach volleyball player who represented Australia in three Olympic Games and is now taking that grit and determination to the SAS Australia course.

Kerri and teammate, Natalie Cook, famously took home gold on Bondi Beach at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in a moment that had the whole of Australia in tears. 

She briefly retired in the wake of her Olympic success, but decided to strap on the boots one more time when she paired with Summer Lochowisc to compete in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Her impressive career and outstanding talent have not gone unrecognised — her service to Australian sport was honored with an Order of Australia medal and an induction into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame.

Since her retirement, Kerri has gone on to become an author, an MC, a motivational speaker and regularly commentates on sports around the world.

The sporting legend found herself at the centre of an unfortunate racial scandal in 2018, when she compared Caribbean beach volleyball players to “human lamingtons” during her commentary of the game.

“Today at the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball, I made a comment I unreservedly apologise for and sincerely regret,” she said of the incident.

This won’t be Kerri’s first reality TV gig, she also appeared on the Nine Network’s Celebrity Circus back 2005, where she trained with Australia’s Silvers Circus.

Tune in to watch Kerri take on the physical and mental challenges of SAS Australia 2021 on Channel 7 and 7Plus.  

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