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Cooper, Priya (1974 - )

OAM

Born
2 October 1974
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Paralympian and Swimmer

Summary

Priya Cooper was born with Cerebral Palsy and began swimming at a young age for therapy. In 1991, whilst swimming at a school carnival, Priya was selected to represent Wheelchair Sports Western Australia at the 1991 National Wheelchair Games, winning 9 gold medals. Priya debuted internationally at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona, winning three gold medals and two silver medals and breaking two world records. Her performances earnt Priya an Order of Australia Medal. She went on to further success at Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000.

In 1995, Cooper was named the Paralympian of the Year, in 1999 she was acknowledged as Young Australian of the Year (Sport) edging out Pat Rafter and Ian Thorpe, who were both finalists.

Details

Events

1992
Order of Australia Medal
1992
Gold Medalist at the Barcelona Paralympics - 3 Gold, 2 Silver. 2 World Records, 3 Paralympic Records. Chosen to carry Australian flag to Closing Ceremony.
1995
Paralympian of the Year
1996
Gold Medalist at the Atlanta Paralympics - Selected as Female Australian Team Captain. 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze. 3 World Records, 5 Paralympic Records. Selected to carry Australian flag to Closing Ceremony.
1999
Young Australian of the Year (Sport)
2000
Gold Medalist at the Sydney Paralympics - 1 Gold, 3 Bronze.

Sources used to compile this entry: Priya Cooper File, 1992 - 2000; Newspaper Cutting Files; National Sport Information Centre; Athlete Profiles, http://www.wheelchairsportswa.org.au/2/51/3/Priya_Cooper.pm.

Archival resources

National Sport Information Centre

  • Priya Cooper File, 1992 - 2000; Newspaper Cutting Files; National Sport Information Centre. Details

Nikki Henningham

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