The presentation took place on the Loxton Riverfront adjacent to the Loxton Lions Park, and was attended by the full Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre who are currently in Berri, South Australia for a training camp. The group then attended a Mayoral Reception at the Loxton Hotel.
“Alexander has been exceptionally busy since discovering his love for rowing at the age of 16 at Prince Alfred College and we’re thrilled to be able to host this official ceremony on behalf of Loxton and Riverland residents. We are also delighted that the entire ‘Men’s National Training Centre’ will be in attendance to show support to Alexander”, said Mayor Stasinowsky.
In keeping with Council’s desire to recognise our local (sporting) heroes Council has named one of our Riverfront roads – Alexander Hill Drive, joining his peers in Sarnya Parker (Paralympic cyclist), Sophie Edington (Swimming) and Grant Schubert (Hockey).
Alex commenced his primary schooling at Loxton North Primary School, St Albert’s Catholic School and went on to his secondary schooling at for three years at the Loxton High School and finished at Prince Alfred College.
Hill made his first appearance at the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships, where he raced to gold in the Junior Men’s Coxed Four. The following year he earned bronze at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in the Men’s Eight. In his final year of racing at the Under 23 level, in 2013, he won silver in the Men’s Pair.
Hill competed for South Australia at the 2013 at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and had the honour of lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.
Hill then commenced competing at the senior level only and in 2015 he joined the Men’s Four, winning gold at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne and silver at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France.
In 2016, Hill was named in the Men’s Four, alongside Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith and William Lockwood, and raced at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where he and the crew won an Olympic silver medal.
In 2017, he was once again named in the Men’s Four, this time with Josh Hicks, Jack Hargreaves and Spencer Turrin. He went on to win gold at the 2017 World Championships, the first time in 26 years that Australia had won the boat class.
In 2018, Hill was once again named in the Men’s Four, where he raced at World Cups 2 and 3, winning gold. He raced in the same boat class at the World Rowing Championships in 2018, winning back-to-back world titles and was later named, with his crew mates, 2018 Male Crew of the Year by World Rowing.
The Loxton Waikerie Council are proud and excited to acknowledge this young South Australian, as Hill’s accolades are quite extensive and beyond his years.