Mitchell Cooper has compiled an impressive junior and early senior career in the throws. Mitch finished on the podium in the U20 discus throw at four consecutive instalments of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships from 2011 to 2014. During those years, he represented Australia on three occasions, at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games, then at the 2012 and 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. His finest achievement was sixth in the discus at Eugene 2014.
His junior career overlapped with his start at college in the USA, competing for Kansas University. He has recently graduated after competing indoors and outdoors for them from 2014 to 2017. Over the last three years, he has made consecutive NCAA discus finals, placing 11th (2015), 10th (2016) and 6th (2017). He was a valuable athlete for Kansas, competing in all four throwing disciplines. He achieved PBs in his final college year of 63.98m (discus) and 62.83m (hammer throw).
Although a metre short of the automatic qualifying standard for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, he was offered an IAAF roll down place and competed at his first senior world championships in London throwing 57.26m in the qualifying rounds.
With an A-qualification under his belt, Mitchell nailed a season’s best of 59.12m for fourth in the discus final at the Australian Championships and a week later was announced in the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games.