Goldfields bobsleigh star expanding minds via innovative new business

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Australian Winter Olympics bobsleigh competitors Kiara Reddingius and Bree Walker.
Camera IconAustralian Winter Olympics bobsleigh competitors Kiara Reddingius and Bree Walker. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

Leonora-raised bobsleigh Olympian Kiara Reddingius has combined athletic and academic prowess in a burgeoning online business that is helping people from all walks of life to achieve their goals.

Reddingius, who earlier this year reunited with 2022 Olympic teammate Bree Walker to finish overall fifth at the world championships, recently moved to the Gold Coast and the Queensland Academy of Sport — ahead of the new international campaign that starts in November.

It will be preceded by a September training camp in Canada.

After Reddingius last year graduated from Queensland’s Mind Academy, she is combining regular training commitments with mindset coaching and high performance/executive hypnotherapy.

She said the tailored programs were “helping people unlimit themselves of subconscious blocks that are holding them back”.

“I have actually only worked with a couple of athletes, one of them being my (bobsleigh) pilot, Bree,” Reddingius said.

“But I’ve had other clients of all sorts — entrepreneurs, business owners, media personalities (and) people wanting to make more money.

“I’m a process-based success coach and my therapy tools help clients rapidly resolve issues such as anxiety, stress, self-sabotage and phobias.

“These techniques utilise the brains neuroplasticity and reprograms the looping neural pathways that are currently unresourceful and problematic.”

Reddingius said helping others through mindset coaching stemmed from her own struggles as a high-profile athlete.

“If a woman who grew up in the WA desert can become a winter Olympian, anything is possible,” she said.

“I struggled for most of my life with perfectionistic behaviours.

“While this desire drove me to building a wide range of skill across many areas, it also developed a range of personal problems, such as performance anxiety, emotional instability under pressure, confused self-worth, rigid thinking, obsessiveness and so on.

“These issues stood in the way of my progress and I am forever grateful that as a result (I went) down a path of self-discovery that gave me an insatiable desire to continue to learn and grow.

“I am passionate about seeing others grow and experience their own self-determined definitions of success.”

By claiming fifth place at the 2024 world championships, Reddingius and Walker smashed the previous-best finish by an Australian team of 14th.

The duo forego the Australian summer to spend five months in Europe for competitions, ahead of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

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