Brielle Cooper

22

YEARS OLD

QLD

BURLEIGH HEADS MOWBRAY PARK SLSC

15th

2020/2021 SERIES

swim

STRENGTH

Stats

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

Bio

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 surf lifesaving?

Courtney Hancock. I loved the smile at the end of every race and her passion. I’m now lucky enough to swim train side by side with her everyday and race my idol.

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

Dean Mercer once told me that everytime you put your foot on the line there’s 8-10 people just happy to be there, 2-3 people happy to come top 10. That leaves 5-6 other people willing to put it all on the line to win. So put your head down and be one of them.

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

Dream big! Find a supportive inspiring club, coach and training squad and work as hard as you can.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

No I just try to stay as relaxed as possible and in routine. I love to go for a swim at the beach we are racing in the morning!

What do you think about during a race?

One step at a time. First the start, then back of the break and then first can. Break it down into small parts.

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!