ATHLETES

Meryl Cooper’s profile

career results

2016: 3rd 10km Asics GoSport Run (UAE)
2016: 4th 10km Urban Ultra Night Rebel Race (UAE)
2015: 2nd 10km Energizer Night Rebel (UAE)
2015: 3rd 20km 2XU Wadi Race (UAE)
2014: 2nd AG Dubai Creek Half Marathon (UAE)
2014: Newton 10 miler

Meryl Cooper's story

From a very young age I have had a passion for sports and fitness.  I grew up on a farm in Aberdeenshire where I was very lucky to have the space and freedom to explore my surroundings in the countryside safely. I would mountain bike, run around, climb trees and play football all day. In my final year of Primary School I captained the netball team and was given the role of sport captain and from then onwards I developed a real interest in sports.  
I was fortunate to be in a very talented and competitive year group of students throughout school where we experienced a lot of success in a variety of sports and also pushed each other to be our best.  I found success in sprinting, high jump and javelin where I represented my county at the BAA Games for two years.  My football career started to really kick off in secondary school and in 2000 our 11 a-side team won all possible competitions in Scotland except one event.  This included the Scottish Cup.  At the same time I was selected to trial for the U16 Scotland girl's football team.  I began playing football more regularly and joined Aberdeen Girls Club.  I also played basketball for my school and county, representing again in the BAA games.  Throughout this time I also danced regularly in the styles on Jazz and Tap. At University I studied a Bed in Physical Education and enjoyed playing for Edinburgh University in both basketball and football.  I also played Inter-Mural football and later joined Spartans Women's football team and Pentland Stars basketball team playing at Division 1 level for both.  I always have had a passion for dance and also performed in a variety of shows as an adult including the opening of the Grand Central hotel in Glasgow, with the Scottish Police Choir at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and for the Scottish Basketball team with Fierce Pro Dancers.  For 5 years I taught a considerable amount of Dance as this was my main role in the P.E department where I began my career.  I played 5-aside football as I danced 3-4 times a week.  I ran my first 10k competitive race in 2010 in a time of 48.11.   I maintained my interest in running from this point onwards. Having moved to Dubai in 2013, and joining Fabien's Monday training session I have managed to improve my running technique, fitness and knowledge and apply this in running races as well as my football performances.  This season I have been selected to join Dubai Allstars 11 a-side team and have received six Most Valuable Player votes already this season in the Mixed Football League.  I am also playing with Arabian Leopards in the DWFA league.

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