Brielle Cooper






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Brielle Cooper
Competitive club: Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC
Original Club: Kurrawa SLSC
Best round of 2020/21: Round 6, 8th
Best series finish: 1st Place in 2017/18 Nutri-Grain Iron Series
Aussie Title Results: 2019 Ironwoman - 3rd, 2019 Board Rescue - 2nd, 2018 U19 Board Rescue - 1st


At only 17 years old, Brielle Cooper become the youngest IronWoman ever to win a Nutri-Grain Iron Series. Her victory came just one year after making her Iron Series debut, which saw her place 18th overall. Cooper has recently moved to Burleigh Heads Molway Park SLSC to train under coach Michael King.

Brielle, how old were you when youstarted surf lifesaving and why?

I was 8 years old when I started nippers at Kurrawa SLSC. I finally convinced my Mum and Dad to let me join up after a few of my friends needed an extra team member for a surf teams race!

Who was your hero growing up in and out of surf lifesaving?

My surf lifesaving heroes were Courtney Hancock and Liz Plumiers. I idolised both of these ironwomen growing up and loved how they tackled the big surf and raced with determination.

My heroes out of surf lifesaving were Stephanie Rice and Stephanie Gilmore. I loved to swim and surf growing up and idolised the passion and love these women had for their sport.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

“Hard work will always pay off.”

“No dream is ever too big!”

“Train in all types of conditions to prepare for successful racing.”

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

Work hard, always dream big, surround yourself with the best support team possible (club mates, coaches, physio, friends and family) and believe in yourself.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

I don’t have any race day superstitions but I love to wake up walk down to the beach and go for a body surf on the course race morning.

What has been a high and a low in your career?

After receiving a wildcard when I was 17, I was almost lapped in my first ever Nutri-Grain Series race and finished 18th. This made me realize how much I had to improve to be able to race as well as the best. The next offseason I worked incredibly hard on all the mistakes, I was the fittest and strongest I had ever been. But I got knocked out before the first Round, and didn’t get a chance to race.

I wondered if I would continue to go backwards or ever be successful. I went back to training and focused on all the 1%ers at each session. I turned up at the second Round and won my first ever Nutri-Grain Series race. I then went on to finishing on top and became the youngest female to win a Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series, this is the highlight of my career so far!

Brielle, what is your favourite beach to compete at?

I love racing at Coolum, I think it holds a special place in my heart as that was where I won my first Kellogg’s Nutri Grain IronWoman Series race.

Do you have any pets?

Yes a beautiful Border Collie puppy named Isla!