Home Team & Triathletes MICHELLE COOPER MICHELLE COOPER Bike: MeridaA career that took up too many hours in the day, a young family to care for, and no time for herself. Michelle was like so many working mothers, frustrated, overweight, and feeling trapped in her own life. One thing she did have was the “spark to start”. And start she did. Early one February morning she laced on her shoes, went down to the Manly foreshore as the sun rose and together with a friend started a run that would change her life. Nine months later and 20kg lighter Michelle travelled to the USA to compete in the New York Marathon. Upon returning on the highest of highs Michelle was tempted (coerced) into participating in a triathlon. A bike was purchased, helmet and shoes were donned, and she crashed within the first 10 metres. With a bleeding knee, tears in her eyes she got up and started again. The following week Michelle completed her first triathlon. It was no picnic. It was harder than she ever imagined but she finished. And this started a love hate relationship with triathlon that has grown to what is here today.A motivational speaker, athlete, and triathlon coach by trade Michelle has tasted success and faced huge adversities to reach her goals. Michelle finished her first Olympic distance triathlon after not one but two bike crashes during the race which damaged her wrist requiring X-rays. Michelle also suffered a fracture of her tibia halting her running dreams for nearly a year. Why continue? Well Michelle has also reached every one of her goals including a top ten finish in the Gatorade Sprint Series for 2012/13, a sponsorship by Scody the leading trisuit supplier, racing for Australia at the World Championships in Chicago and more.Michelle is also a multiple Ironman, 70.3, half and full marathon finisher, racing all over the world. In fact the only distance she is yet to tackle is an enticer triathlon!For those who aren’t sure if they can. Talk to Michelle.