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Gemma Cooper

Great Britain

SportSpeed Skating
NOCGreat Britain
Born17 Jan 1987 in  Nottingham
GenderWomen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationBiomedical Science - University of Nottingham: England
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.26 01 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    1000m 1:23.92 02 Mar 2018 Inzell  
    1500m 2:07.73 26 Nov 2017 Calgary  
    3000m 4:21.14 08 Nov 2019 Inzell  
    5000m 7:42.40 10 Feb 2019 Heerenveen  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/gemma.cooper.9400  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam FrySk: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sport"One thing I really like is the tactics behind the racing. I'm not a sprinter myself, I'm more of a distance skater, so tactics really come into the races that I prefer."  
Name of coachSiep Hoekstra [club], NED; Phil Brojaka [national], GBR; Jesper Carlson, DEN  
Training RegimeShe trains in Heerenveen, Netherlands, with the European Training Group. The organisation was set up by the International Skating Union [ISU] to help smaller speed skating federations.  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track in 2006 in Nottingham, England, and got involved in speed skating in 2014 in Inzell, Germany. She began focusing solely on speed skating in 2017.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer mother. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2019)  
Memorable sporting achievementQualifying to compete in World Cup events after only one year of training in speed skating. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2019)  
Other sportsShe competed in short track at the 2009 Winter World University Games in Harbin, People's Republic of China. (fisu.net, 19 Feb 2009)  
Other informationFURTHER EDUCATION
She has a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Nottingham in England. (Instagram profile, 08 Dec 2019; mediaspace.nottingham.ac.uk, 27 Nov 2013)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps14  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps17  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps22  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps28  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps31