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Jacqui Cooper represented Australia in the sport of aerial skiing for over 20 years. Spotted on a trampoline in Melbourne at age 16 she was quickly recruited with a vision for her to be a World Champion 10 years later. With a detailed plan in place and unwavering commitment from Jacqui, she became a World Champion and in the decade that followed, she dominated and revolutionised the sporting world.
In a long and decorated career, Jacqui has competed in 139 World Cup Events, nine World Championships and has been selected to five Winter Olympic teams, the first Australian Woman in history (Summer or Winter Games) to have enjoyed this honour. With a record five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 25 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals, Jacqui is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time.
Jacqui's sport, however, is unforgiving and she has had multiple reconstructions for her knee, elbow, shoulder and hip. In 2001, she broke her back in an attempt to win a record third World Title but she went on and won it. In 2002, at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Jacqui shattered her knee and broke her leg just two days before scheduled to compete, destroying a dream years in the making.
In 2010, Jacqui competed in Vancouver after a year of intense hip and knee rehabilitation, shocking doctors and spectators with her brave attempt to compete. She spent most of the months leading into the competition in a wheelchair, whilst having to learn how to walk again, and gain the confidence needed in a sport that is often brutal and cruel. She stunned the world when she placed fifth, the best Olympic result of her career.
In addition to sport, Jacqui's passion is the education of young people on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, being role models, pursuing your dreams, being active, and goal setting. Jacqui speaks to all levels of students.
Since retiring from sport Jacqui wasted no time using her skills, entrepreneurial qualities and attributes that made her incredibly successful in sport, in business. She has created products that are needed, used, and wanted by Australians.
In 2011, Jacqui founded her own company Champion Events, which recently became the first company in Australia to run corporate banner making.
Jacqui has also found the time to write two books based on her experiences with IVF, including 'Frozen Hope' and 'It Took 3 Months to Make Me'. All 3 of her children were born using IVF technology. Both books have already been purchased by a leading fertility centre in Australia and given to patients as gifts, as well as available in leading bookstores and online.
In 2015, Jacqui’s daughter was diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Inspired by that diagnosis Jacqui made it her mission and promised her daughter that she would create a range of food that she could trust, was easy to make and most importantly, taste great. Jacqui created her own range of gluten free frozen dough products including cookie, pastry and pizza dough. All you need to do is thaw it, bake it and enjoy it. Jacqui’s range of Food For Me is a first to market in Australia and is now being manufactured in a fully gluten free facility in Victoria. An Australian owned and Australian made brand with endorsement from Coeliac Australia, her products are being sold by a national retailer. Jacqui is proud that her promise to her daughter is not only changing her daughter’s life but changing the lives of some many diagnosed coeliacs.
Jacqui's story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy and the ability to overcome adversity against the odds.