Indi does Gundagai and Australia proud at Commonwealth Games

Gundagai’s Indi Cooper (left) in action at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Photo: Athletics Australia.

Gundagai athlete and Tumut High School student Indiana Cooper has done Gundagai, the region, and Australia proud at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Representing Australia and competing at her first international event in the 100m T37/38 sprint, Indi started from lane four in heat two on Tuesday night AEST, finishing fourth behind two-time Paralympic gold medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sophie Hahn when registering 13.77 seconds for the journey, which is 0.43 of a second better than her previous best time of 14.20 seconds. 

The Kurt Fearnley Scholarship recipient and former Tumut Little Athletics member then started from lane two in the final early on Wednesday morning AEST, and finished eighth when running 13.88 seconds, still eclipsing her best pre-games efforts, as Wales’ Olivia Breen clinched top of the podium honours.

Cooper was ecstatic after the run, and was so pleased to register a new personal best when representing Australia. 

“Yes, I did it, and I’m very happy about it,” Cooper said after her career-best performance. 

“My box start felt really good and I was just pushing through the line and came out with a massive PB (personal best) at my first Commonwealth Games and my first-time representing Australia.” 

Competing at Alexander Stadium, a huge crowd watched the 100m T37/38 final, and the 16-year-old admitted it was difficult not to be distracted. 

“I was walking out there, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, there are so many people’, but I was concentrating on my race and not getting distracted by all of the people,” Cooper said.

As the youngest member of the Australian Athletics team, Cooper has felt right at home, and she was now looking forward to watching her teammates compete in their events. 

“It’s been really good and my teammates are all so supportive and I can’t wait to watch everyone else run,” Cooper said.

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