Athlete Profiles / Alexandra Viney
|Date of Birth||10/06/1992|
|Nickname||Alex, Al, Viney, Vinney|
|Hobbies||AFL, taking Charlie my golden retriever to the beach, playing around with sport science in the gym|
|Previous Rowing Clubs/School|
Tasmanian born Alexandra Viney was a promising young rower throughout her high school years. Alex’s rowing career was cut short in December 2010. At the age of 18, Alex survived a serious, high-speed car accident caused by a drunk driver. The accident left Alex with lasting impairments to her left elbow, forearm & hand. Believing that her time as an athlete had passed, Alex turned her passion for sport into a career; graduating from a bachelor of exercise & sport science (sports nutrition) from Deakin University and working as a sport scientist and strength & conditioning coach in Geelong, Victoria for the past 5 years. Alex is now studying her master of business (sports management) at Deakin University. In May 2018, Alex was asked whether she had considered becoming a para athlete because of her impairment. Unbeknown to Alex this had been an option for her since her accident in 2010 and so, in November 2018, Alex began her journey as a para athlete when she sat in a boat for the first time. Alex joined Barwon Rowing Club under the coaching of Geoff Boucher and Powerhouse Rowing Club with Hannah Every-Hall and fellow para athlete, Alex Vuillermin. In February 2019 Alex was selected for the Australian senior para rowing team in the PR3 mixed coxed four. In May 2019, Alex debuted for Australia at the Gavirate International Para Regatta placing 2nd in the PR3 four. Alex is set to compete for Australia at her first World Championships in the bow of her selected boat class in August 2019. A whirlwind 9 months has lead Alex to a second chance at rowing – with this personal opportunity, Alex hopes to continue to raise awareness around rod safety, mental health, women in sport and opportunities for those with impairments.