Speakers Profile - Jacqui Cooper

Champion, Author, Ambassador, Business Owner, Volunteer, Mentor, Entrepreneur and Mother

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Jacqui represented Australia in the sport of Aerial Skiing for 20 years. Her career started in 1989 at Mt Buller when she was recruited by Geoff Lipshut (CEO of the OWIA) to join the Techne Team. Within 3 years she was already representing her country at the World Championships in Lake Placid New York; by 1994 she became an Olympian by being selected to compete at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in Norway.

In a very long and decorated career she has competed in 139 World Cup Events, 9 World Championships and been selected to 5 Winter Olympic Teams. When Jacqui competed in Vancouver in February 2010 she became the 1st Australian Woman in history (Summer or Winter Olympics) to represent Australia at 5 Games.

Her record 5 world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and 3 major World Championship medals has left Jacqui as the greatest Aerial skier of all time (man or woman); an achievement that will go unbeaten for decades.

Her sport was unforgiving; she has had knee, elbow, shoulder and hip reconstructions. She also broke her back one year in an attempt to win her 3rd World Title; she went on and won it. Jacqui competed in the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 after a year of intense hip and knee rehabilitation; she shocked doctors and surgeons by her will, inner strength and courage to make a brave attempt to be competitive at those games. She spent most of the months leading into the Olympics in a wheel chair, learning to walk again and gaining confidence in a sport that is brutal and cruel. She stunned even her coaches and team mates when she came 5th; her best Olympic result in the 20 years.

What people say about Jacqui – “she was an athlete that remind us all that with hard work, perseverance and an unwavering commitment you can achieve greatness. She was an athlete with a champion attitude; a real champion’s champion.”

Retired now, Jacqui is remembered as “one of the greats; a pioneer” in a in non-traditional Australian Sport. She changed the minds and attitudes of anyone that thought that being a successful woman from Australia in a snow sport was just a pipedream.