Cooper Woods was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was promoted to a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2022 Program to benefit from the Mentoring aspect. Cooper was paired with John Eales AM as his Mentor.
Cooper was born in the coastal town of Merimbula. He started mogul skiing in 2011 at the Perisher Sports Club and is now a world class skier. As Winter is a short season in Australia, Cooper spends most of his time overseas both training and competing on the world stage, preferably in his favourite place, Zermatt, Switzerland.
In 2017, Cooper was part of the first Australian team to compete at the Asian Winter Games and continued his running streak of firsts when he was the first Australian male to achieve US Selections in Winter Park and to top it off, placed first.
From 2017 to 2021, Cooper has finished in the top 20 in eight World Cups. Over the 2019/2020 season, Cooper competed in four of those World Cups, making finals in three and one World Championships final and was ranked third in the 2019 Australian/New Zealand Continental Cup.
At the end of the 2020/2021 season, Cooper was ranked 17th in the world and was selected to be part of the Olympic Shadow team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
An Olympic and world champ hopeful, Cooper strives forward each day setting goals and realising his dreams in his sport of mogul skiing.
When he isn’t chasing eternal winters and skiing moguls, you can catch him in the water chasing waves and finalising his Bachelor of Commerce.
“To be a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient is an honour and a privilege. Having a one-on-one relationship with John Eales is extremely exciting. He is regarded as one of the best rugby players of all time! To have mentorship from someone who is heavily respected both in and outside of sport and to be able to communicate/talk about moments and opportunities to better yourself as an athlete and person would be game-changing for me. LETSSSS GOOOOO!” – Cooper Woods on being selected as a 2022 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder
- 2017: Asian Winter Games – First Australians to compete at this event
- 2018: US Selections in Winter Park – 1st & first Australian male to achieve
- 2019: Australian New Zealand Continental Cup – 5th
- 2019: Calgary World Cup – 17th, singles
- 2020: Deer Valley World Cup – 12th, singles
- 2020: Deer Valley World Cup – 21st, duals
- 2020: Mt Tremblant World Cup – 20th
- 2021: Almaty World Championships – 15th (5th in qualifications), singles
- 2021: Idre Fjall World Cup – 13th, duals
- 2021: Idje Fjall World Cup – 15th, singles
Bio picture credit: OWIA & Chris Hocking