Cooper Woods has been a successful recipient of a Tier 2 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Cooper is a freestyle mogul skier who competes on the World Cup stage and travels the globe chasing his dream. He is currently ranked 33rd in the world with the hopes of achieving top 20 this next winter season.
In 2018 Cooper was the first Australian male to achieve US Selections in Winter Park and was part of the first Australian team to compete at the 2017 Asian Winter Games.
Currently, Cooper is a part of the Olympic Shadow team for the next Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. As Winter is a short season here in Australia, Cooper spends most of his time overseas both training and competing. His favourite place to ski is in Zermatt, Switzerland.
When Cooper is not chasing his eternal winters and skiing moguls you can catch him in the surf. Any time he can catch a wave, he is content. Cooper grew up in a coastal town called Merimbula. He has also just started a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Wollongong.
Over the next two years Cooper has set his goals to; finish top 20 in the world, have a finals placing at the 2021 World Championships and qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
His long term goals involve winning Olympic gold, World Cup overall Champion, consistent top 5 performance at each World Cup and finishing his University degree.
Cooper speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“It is an honour and privilege to be a successful SAHOF Scholarship Recipient! To be able to work alongside and be supported by a wonderful organisation is a confidence builder. SAHOF has supported some of the best athletes in the world and I’m beyond happy to be a part of their Scholarship Program.”
Snow Australia CEO Michael Kennedy spoke about Cooper’s Scholarship selection:
“Cooper is one of the brightest young talents in Mogul skiing and among the youngest competitors on the World Cup tour. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship is recognition of his potential and the financial assistance associated with it is vitally important during this transition to becoming a full-time athlete. Cooper has snowsports in his blood and this is a fantastic opportunity for him to progress his career even further. We can’t wait to watch him reach his full potential.”
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
First Club: Perisher Winter Sports Club
Current Club: New South Wales Institute of Sport
First started: 2011
Studying: Bachelor of Commerce
Hero: Mick Fanning- An elite athlete that is respected widely around the world for the guy that he is.
Pre-comp Routine: Going over goals and controlling breathing
Favourite Quote: ITS GO TIME!
Aspirations After Sport: When I finish my sporting career, I hope to finish my studies at the same time, so I have the option to go into the work force. But before I do that, I would love to travel and see more of the world.
Rankings – as at Sep 2020
Snr International: 33
Snr National: 3
Jnr International: 5
Jnr National: 1
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: Deer Valley World Cups (Duals) – 21st
- 2020: Calgary World Cup (Singles) – 17th
- 2020: Mt Tremblant World Cup – 20th
- 2019: Australian New Zealand Continental Cup – 5th
- 2018: US Selections in Winter Park – 1st & first Australian male to achieve
- 2017: Asian Winter Games – First Australians to compete at this event
Bio picture credit: OWIA & Chris Hocking
Last updated 28/09/2020