Among Brianna Coop’s ultimate goals in life is to make a difference in the lives of people with a disability. Without realising it, she took a huge leap towards that goal when she competed at her first Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

As one of Australia’s strongest T35 sprinters, Brianna has continued to take her sport to the next level since making her debut for Australia at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where she won a bronze medal in the women’s 100m T35.

She also placed fourth over 200m, but for Brianna, the bronze medal was particularly sweet. She beat dual Paralympic silver medallist Oxana Corso (ITA) to the line by just three hundredths of a second to cap a momentous year both on and off the track – highlighted also by completing Year 12.

Brianna made her dream …

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Date of birth
19 February 1998
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Coopers Plains, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal in the women’s 100m T35 at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar

Greatest sporting moments

Derek Redmond limping to the finish line of the men’s 400m semi-final at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, after tearing his hamstring midway through the race

Favourite quote
Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out - Robert Collier


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T35
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 200m Classification: T35

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