Jacqui Cooper

  • Jacqui Cooper Olympian, Speaker

    Jacqui Cooper has 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 three years she was already representing her country at the World Championships in Lake Placid New York; by 1994…

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About Jacqui

Jacqui Cooper has 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 three years she was already representing her country at the World Championships in Lake Placid New York; by 1994 she competed at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. In 1999, just ten years after starting her sport she became a World Champion; the next ten years would see her dominate and revolutionise her sport.

In a very long and decorated career she has competed in 139 World Cup Events, nine World Championships and been selected to five Winter Olympic Teams. When Jacqui competed in Vancouver in February 2010 she became the first Australian woman in history (summer or winter Olympics) to represent Australia at five Games.

Her record five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three 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 is unforgiving; she has had knee, elbow, shoulder and hip reconstructions. In 2001 she broke her back in an attempt to win a record 3rd World Title; she went on and won it. In 2002 at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics she injured her knee and broke her leg just two days before the Olympic competition ending years of dreaming, willing and wanting.

In 2010, Jacqui competed in Vancouver 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 her rivals, coaches, and team mates when she came fifth; her best Olympic result in the 20 years.

“Jacqui Cooper is a true legend. She did not win a medal, but her performance in finishing 5th in the women’s freestyle aerial event epitomised all that is so great about Australian sport.” – Matt Miller, CEO Australian Sports Commission

In between training and competing in events Jacqui devotes much of her time to various Sporting Committees around the world making sure she can be a voice for her peers at a National and International level. Over two decades she has spent time on the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Board, the AOC Athlete’s Commission (Deputy Chair), Ski and Snowboard Australia Board, the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes Commission, the International Ski Federation (FIS) Athletes Committee, the FIS Freestyle Athletes Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete’s Committee and the WADA education committee.

In 2001 the AOC involved Jacqui in their national Drug Education program as a key presenter, her interest, knowledge and passion for clean sport made her a wonderful asset to that program. She lectured kids in schools, state sporting institutes, regional sporting academies, national federations, international athletes competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and athletes at Australian Institute of Sport.

Jacqui’s passion is education; the education of children and teenagers about living a healthy lifestyle, making smart choices, nutrition, being young role models, dreaming BIG, being active and goal setting. Jacqui speaks to primary, secondary, and university/TAFE students. She has also travelled to remote aboriginal communities as far as Darwin and beyond, promoting all things healthy with a heavy focus on “SAY NO” to alcohol, petrol sniffing and smoking.

Over 20 years Jacqui has won many awards in recognition for her achievements in sport and for her involvement in the community. During her career she was honoured as the Victorian Young Australian of the Year for Sport, Victorian Sports Woman of the year and Ski and Snowboard Athlete of the year. Her most recent award was the Governor’s Award, presented to her at the Victorian Sports Awards in 2008 for being a role model, a champion, and a woman who is successful in sport and life.

Jacqui’s story is one of self belief, passion, triumph, tragedy and the ability to overcome adversity.

Jacqui Cooper’s story is one of triumph, tragedy, defeat and success. It’s a story that makes you believe in the strength of the human spirit. Her passion, persistence and unwavering dedication to a sport that is brutal and cruel, is absolutely inspiring.

Jacqui takes you on a journey – a journey that lasts 21 years in her sport. As well as being entertained and inspired, your audience will be left with a lasting impression that“success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Jacqui’s presentation entitled “A View From the Top” includes;

  • DVD montage of her career narrated by Channel 7 sports presenter Mark Beretta
  • Stories from her childhood; events that shaped her future
  • Reliving inspirational and courageous moments in sport and life
  • Jacqui’s philosophy on the attributes of a successful person
  • Audience participation
  • Photo opportunities with her crystal World Cup and World Championship gold medal
  • Lucky door prizes

Jacqui can tailor a presentation so that the theme of her delivery is exactly what a business or client needs to motivate their staff or audience. Some of her recent presentations have included;

  • The parallels between business and sport
  • Women in sport
  • Goal setting
  • Drugs in sport

Now labelled the “greatest aerial skier of all time”, Jacqui will tell you that just like Muhammad Ali, “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was”. That was the self belief needed to take on the world in a non-traditional Australian sport.

Jacqui’s story resonates with all listeners and reminds us that with hard work, self belief and persistence, a world of success awaits.

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