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A Q&A with F-Teamer Isaac Cooper

22 September 2020

Isaac Cooper
Taking some time away from the pool, Isaac hits the beach in his Funky Trunks Shorty Shorts

Currently holding the Australian Age Record for the 50 Backstroke for the past 4 years is one of our newest F-Teamers Isaac Cooper. Isaac currently swims for Toowoomba Grammar Swimming Club and has already made a splash at a national level. With a competitive streak and Olympic sized dreams, Isaac is sure to be one of our young guns to watch. We caught up with Isaac (when he wasn't working on his family's farm!) and asked him a few quick questions to get to know him better.

What is your favourite event to race and why?

My favourite event has always been the 50 Backstroke. I love how fast-paced it is and it has been my pet event for the past 4 years.

What is your PB in that event?

My PB for the 50 Backstroke Long Course is 25.83 which is the current Australian fastest ranked 15-year-old boys time. I have held this title for the past 4 years.

If you had the opportunity to train with your idol, who would it be?

I have never really had an idol for swimming. I have only looked at the times as goals.

Isaac Cooper
Isaac combines gym work into his busy swimming schedule

What are your short term and long-term goals in swimming?

My short-term goal for swimming is to achieve the no.1 ranked time for the 5th year in a row. My long term is goal is to swim at the Olympic Games.

Do you have any pre-race rituals that you swear by?

I used to be known for always bringing a Mars Bar and a Powerade to the marshalling room but in recent years I haven't had a ritual.

How would you describe your earliest memories of swimming?

I remember all my old friends who used to swim and I remember loving coming to training to talk to my friends, race with them and just have a good time.

What is your main interest outside of the pool?

Outside of the pool I really enjoy gaming and have recently started streaming (twitch.tv/spritelyrain198). I also enjoy going to the gym; however, I also live on a farm and most of my free time is taken up helping to manage the farm.

Isaac Cooper
Isaac helps manage his families farm 5 hours north of Brisbane (or maybe just rides dirt bikes around!)

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would travel to Canada and go snowboarding. I have only been a few times, but I have picked it up pretty quickly and really enjoy it.

Tell us something that people might not know about you

My quirky trait would have to be that I am extremely competitive, and I guess my cool skill is that I used to work at a trampoline park so I can do some pretty good flips.

 
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