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COPAS Stacey
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51, F52
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband, one stepson
Residence
Adelaide, SA, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She decided she wanted to get fit at age 34, which led her to a Paralympic talent identification day in Adelaide, SA, Australia. She showed potential to compete at the highest level, and decided to focus on discus as her sport.
Club / Team
Athletics SA: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach
Cathy Lambert
Coach from what year?
2012
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to live music, spending time outside, trying new food and wine. (LinkedIn profile, 05 Nov 2013; staceycopas.com, 04 May 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2013 National Championships in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (staceycopas.com, 04 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A setback is nothing more than an opportunity to step up." (Facebook page, 01 Nov 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (staceycopas.com, 04 May 2013)
Impairment
She injured her spinal cord after diving into a shallow pool and breaking her neck at age 12. The accident resulted in quadriplegia. (staceycopas.com, 05 Nov 2013; 100leaders.org, 01 Oct 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has been a motivational speaker since 2011, encouraging people to turn adversity into an asset through her 'Resilience For Results' system. She also volunteered for a political party when she was younger, and later stood for election in the state parliament in New South Wales, Australia. "I learned a lot and it was a massive experience for someone so young. I now know that I do not want to be a politician." (staceycopas.com, 04 May 2013; 100leaders.org, 01 Oct 2012)

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
She held a charity fundraiser on the 21st anniversary of her accident. "I had to have the celebration because the accident changed my life and these days I would definitely say it changed my life for the better. I don't take things for granted, and I've had the most amazing opportunities and done things I would never have done otherwise." (100leaders.org, 01 Oct 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.