Kat Stewart is arguably best known for her AACTA Award winning portrayal of Billie Proudman in the hugely popular television series OFFSPRING.
Her rise to prominence however, followed her breakout role as the infamous Roberta Williams in the acclaimed first series of UNDERBELLY for which she received both the 2008 AFI Award for Best Lead Actress and the 2009 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress.
Other acclaimed lead television performances include MR AND MRS MURDER which she co-produced and starred in with Shaun Micallef, as well as TANGLE for Foxtel’s Showcase Channel. Her work in television has led to Logie nominations for Most Outstanding Actress in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Kat’s other television credits include TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY, GET KRACKIN’, NO ACTIVITY, IT’S A DATE (series 2), JACK IRISH: DEAD POINT, CAMP, MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES (series 1), 30 SECONDS, NEWSTOPIA (series 1,2, & 3), SUPERNOVA (series 1 & 2) for which she earned her first Logie nomination (Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent) and 2 ASTRA nominations, as well as recurring roles on CITY HOMICIDE, KICK and LAST MAN STANDING.
Kat’s feature film credits include SUCKER opposite Timothy Spall for director Ben Chessell, Lady Macduff in MACBETH directed Geoffrey Wright, EM 4 JAY directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos and more recently Jason Raftopoulos’s WEST OF SUNSHINE and the up-coming Abe Forsythe directed film LITTLE MONSTERS.
Kat is also an award winning stage performer, spending ten years as an ensemble member of Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre and also appearing for MTC.
A Message from Kat
I spent most childhood Christmas holidays with many cousins in a shared beach house in Phillip Island. 3 bedrooms, about 20 people, late summer nights, insect repellent, an old black and white TV and endless days playing on the beach. It was chaotic, carefree and glorious.
When I was eight years old, my family packed up for 12 months and travelled around Europe in a camper van. Until that point, like many fathers, my dad was a workaholic. My memories of him only really started that year. We became connected as a family in ways that stay with us today.
Holidays; time away from the grinding stresses, surrounds and restrictions of everyday life can do that. It is a kind of magic.
The Magical Getaway Foundation provides families operating under substantial strain who have never ever gone on a holiday, the chance to stop for a few days, be together as a family, reconnect and make life time memories. For many, it’s the birth of real hope and possibility.
In return, families are asked to share their story. I challenge anyone not to be affected by these families’ humility, grit, courage and honesty.
It turns out that Social Tourism – offering the vulnerable and disadvantaged an opportunity to travel and participate in the wider community – has been recognised for decades overseas as a powerful tool for change. Like many great ideas it seems so simple and obvious, but the Magical Getaway Foundation is the only organisation of its kind here in Australia.
I am proud to be an Ambassador for the Magical Getaway Foundation and I urge you to support them in any way you can.
Steven Bradbury, OAM, created history in Salt Lake City when he became the first Australian to win a Winter Olympic Gold Medal as a speed skater.
His remarkable and unlikely victory was achieved after a spectacular final lap spill that took out his four rivals. Steven threw his arms up in disbelief and smiled as he crossed the finish line.
The four time Olympian hails from sun-drenched Brisbane and followed his father into the sport. He was a member of the 5000m relay team that won Bronze in Lillehammer, Australia’s first Olympic medal.
Steven has helped finance his skating career through his partnership in Revolutionary Boot Company, manufacturers of speed skating boots. Among his clients is Apollo Anton Ohno, ironically the favourite for the race Bradbury won.
His gold medal win was not entirely as fortuitous as many would believe. Steven knew his limitations and also the unpredictable nature of short track racing. Half the battle is staying on your blades, and he did just that, right when it really counted.
Dubbed ‘the luckiest gold medallist’, Steven won fans the world over for the honesty and humility he showed after the win. He saw his victory as reward not for one race, but for a decade of hard slog that included more than his share of misfortune.
In Montreal 1994, a race accident led to him being impaled on a skate and creating a cut so extensive he lost 4 litres of blood and required 111 stitches. He was extremely lucky to survive. A training mishap in 2000 broke his neck and forced him to spend six weeks in a halo brace. Steven again fought his way back, and two years later that neck was in the headlines again; only this time it was supporting an Olympic Gold Medal.
The saying ‘Doing A Bradbury’ was officially included in the Macquarie Dictionary in 2014.
Learn how to put yourself in a position to be the next to ‘Do A Bradbury’. Position yourself to come from behind and be ready to seize opportunity.
Steven has presented as a genuine onstage motivator and entertainer at over 1000 conferences and events in 19 countries and still loves it. He loves the adrenalin before going onstage and loves that his strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help people.
As well as being entertained and inspired, people leave with the knowledge that the much of the prize is in the journey and success takes passion, persistence and teamwork.
A Message from Steven
Every school holidays we loaded up the F100 with the ski boat on the trailer and headed 2.5hrs drive south of Sydney to the small beachside town of Berrara. Out the back of my grandfather’s house we set up a camp in the run-down fibro shack attached to the garage. The walls weren’t sheeted, cold in winter and hot in summer. Didn’t matter though as we were rarely inside. Days with family, friends and my brother Warren were spent water skiing on Swan Lake, riding 2nd hand motorbikes in the bush and learning to surf. Speed skating eventually took the Bradbury family on a different ride, but holidays in Berrara will always be some of my most cherished memories.
Going on holidays is exciting. Age, gender, income, where you’re from doesn’t matter; that feeling of excitement about holidays is the same for everyone. It’s a time to relax, take your mind away from your ‘real world’ and have some fun.
After taking my three young children to Disneyland, I found out exactly how fun and expensive holidays can be!
The Magical Getaway Foundation provides struggling families the chance to build life long holiday memories, hope and inspiration, to take back into the ‘real world’.
There are many worthy charitable organisations out there but the Magical Getaway Foundation is the only one of its type in Australia. They are changing lives.
I am Australia’s 1 st Winter Olympic Gold Medallist and a proud Ambassador of the Magical Getaway Foundation.