Kate Naess

Paralympian, Psychologist, Keynote Speaker


Sport and Recreation, Motivational Speaking, Disability Rights/Issues, Psycology, Storytelling

Travels from Melbourne, VIC


Kate is passionate and dedicated to assist individuals, teams and organisations reach their full potential. As a Registered Psychologist (Master I/O Psych), elite athlete and speaker, Kate not only utilises evidence-based strategies, she walks the talk.

As a speaker, Kate genuinely and honestly shares her experiences of adversity and resilience. Being born without a right hand, the experience of falling short of two Paralympic games, the traumatic death of her mother, and the critical illness of her equestrian mount during the World Equestrian Games, 2010.

Adversarial growth has led Kate on a path of success and performance, and after 20 years in equestrian her journey led her to become a Paralympian at Rio Paralympics 2016 in triathlon, placing 5th in the world after less than two years in the sport. Kate often presents 'key tools for success', focusing on resilience, the benefits of growth mindset, reframing, mindfulness, anxiety (as a positive performance enhancer), adversarial growth, process vs. performance outcomes, deliberate practice, and living outside your comfort zone. She presents across a variety of settings, including organisations, corporate functions, school settings and sporting academies.

As a psychologist, consultant, facilitator and mentor, Kate strives to ensure organisations offer environments for their employees to thrive, and allow them to deliver optimal performance outcomes, maximising ROI.

Kate provides insight and strategies for optimisation across several areas, including: employee engagement, organisational culture, leadership and team dynamics, psychological assessments, return to work/rehabilitation, athlete career and education (transition and career development), and recruitment.

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