Ash Barty reveals she now works with one of Australia’s biggest companies after her surprise retirement – but can you figure out what her job title stands for?
- Barty got his start in the corporate world by taking a job at Optus
- Its official title is ‘Chief of Inspiration’ although it’s unclear what that entails.
- It comes after a rumored move to professional golf following his retirement in March
Australian golden girl Ash Barty has revealed she is the new inspirational chief for Optus in her latest move after she stunned the sporting world by retiring from tennis in March.
Barty announced her role with the telecommunications giant on Wednesday, saying she hoped to apply the incredible lessons she had learned during her highly successful playing career that won three Grand Slam titles.
“Inspiration for me has always been my north star, helping to inspire Australians and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves – and I look forward to doing that with Optus,” she said. stated on the company’s YouTube channel.
What that actually means in practice, or what day-to-day responsibilities entail, is unclear – but you’d certainly be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring Australian athlete than Barty.
Ash Barty (pictured at golf’s British Open last month) has announced she will take on a role at telecommunications giant Optus
Ash Barty recently married longtime partner Garry Kissick in a secret ceremony
Since his shock retirement in March after a fairy tale victory at the Australian Open, Barty has had his finger in a lot of pies.
She married longtime partner Garry Kissick, slid down the famed Fight MND waterslide in the AFL, shoeyed at Mick Fanning’s charity golf day, released a range of children’s books and spent a lot of time on the links.
This includes appearances at the British Open last month and competing at the ICONS Golf Series alongside some of the best athletes in the world – sparking rumors that she is trying to launch a career as a professional golfer.
Ash Barty retired shortly after winning the Australian Open earlier this year
Since retiring, Barty has also competed in the ICONS Golf Series in the United States.
Barty has repeatedly said that she was never interested in playing at the elite level again, although she was clearly capable of it, as evidenced by her brief career in the Women’s Big Bash League when she walked away from the tennis.
Instead, she moved into the high-flying corporate world.
“Whether it’s sports or the corporate world, the most important thing is to find what makes you happy,” Barty told the Herald Sun when discussing his new role at Optus.
“Sometimes it means that brave or courageous decision, that conscious decision to say yes (Optus’s slogan) and feel like you’re making a difference.”
Since retiring in March, Ash Barty and her husband Garry Kissick have spent a lot of time playing golf all over the world.
She joins F1 superstar Dan Ricciardo in the company, who joined as chief optimist in 2020, and other Australian superstars like Ian Thorpe and Paralympian champion Ellie Cole.
The tennis superstar is also finalizing his memoir, which should be available for pre-sale in November.