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Playing / Watching sport (Soccer & AFL)
- Occupation / Area of Study / Work:
Sport Scientist, S&C Coach & Marketing consultant
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
- Date of birth:
10th June 1992
- Home Club:
Mercantile Rowing Club
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
- Sporting Highlights:
Gold medal at the NSW State Championships - Feb 2019.
Selections for the Australian National Team after 5 months of Rowing as a Para Athlete.
Gold Medal at the 2019 Australian National Championships in PR3 Woman's Para and PR3 Mixed Coxed Four.
Silver medal in PR3 Mixed Coxed Four at Gavirate International Para Regatta.
Tasmania-born Alexandra Viney was a promising young rower throughout her high school years. At the age of 18, in 2010, Al survived a high-speed car accident caused by a drunk driver. The accident left her with lasting impairments to her left elbow, forearm and hand.
Believing that her time as an athlete had passed, Al channelled her passion for sport into a career; graduating with a Bachelor of exercise and sport science (sports nutrition) from Deakin University and working as a sport scientist and strength and conditioning coach in Geelong until 2019.
In May 2018, Al was asked whether she had considered becoming a Para-athlete, an option she’d been unaware of. In November that year she began her journey as a Para-athlete when she sat in a boat for the first time since her accident, a second chance at her rowing dream.
Al was selected for the Australian Senior Para-Rowing Team in the PR3 Mixed Coxed four in February 2019. That May, she made her international debut at the Gavirate International Para Regatta, placing second in the PR3 four. She then placed fourth in the world at her first World Championships, in the bow of her selected boat class qualifying a place for Australia for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Outside of her training, Al is studying for a Master of Business (sports management) and operates a small business. She hopes to continue to raise awareness around road safety, mental health, women in sport and opportunities for people with impairments.
Credit: Paralympics Australia