Jacqui Cooper represented Australia in the sport of aerial skiing for over 20 years. She 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. And with a record five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 25 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals, Jacqui Cooper is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time.
All this is complimented by Jacqui's passion for 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.
Jacqui's story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy and the ability to overcome adversity against the odds. She has 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; 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 be competitive, despite the odds. She spent most of the months leading into the competition in a wheelchair, learning to walk again, and gaining confidence in a sport that is often brutal and cruel. She stunned the world when she placed fifth, the best Olympic result of her career.
Since retiring from sport Jacqui wasted no time using her skills, entrepreneurial qualities and attributes that made her incredibly successful in sport, in business. In 2011 she founded her own company Champion Events; Champion Events recently became the first company in Australia to run corporate banner making, an idea inspired by Jacqui herself. A team building event where participants create and build crepe banners (like the real ones on AFL game day) in the change rooms in the MCG. Company values are taped onto the crepe paper giving the day strength and worth. Once built the team get the thrill of running through their banner on the famous grass at the MCG.
Jacqui is also company ambassador for La Trobe Financial.
Jacqui created her own range of gluten free frozen dough products 'Food for Me'. After her daughter was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, Jacqui made it her mission to create a range of food that she could trust, was easy to make and most importantly, it had to taste great. The result was a line of cookie, pastry and pizza doughs that she could simple thaw and enjoy. An Australian owned and Australian made brand with endorsement from Coeliac Australia, her products are being sold by a national retailer.
Jacqui has also found the time to write two books,Frozen Hope and It Took 3 To Make Me, on IVF as all 3 of her children were born using this technology. Her memoir Frozen Hope will help prepare and support anyone undertaking extraordinary lengths to have the family they have always dreamed about. Her children’s book is a cheerfully illustrated book using a poem she wrote for her first daughter. The poem explains the IVF process to children, allowing parents to start a sometimes awkward and difficult conversation around how they came to be. The books are also sold in all major Australian book stores and on Amazon.com.
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Jacqui had the crowd mesmerised, with several rounds of applause from the group throughout her speech; she was more than happy to answer any questions, personally went up to each table after ... keep reading her speech with one of her world titles trophy and handed her world championship medals around the room, also happy to have her photo taken with trophy in hand with any and everyone from my group. I really don't know how I'm going to top next year dinner; three days later, I am still receiving calls and emails about Jacqui. VestasView more