Athlete Profiles / Alexandra Viney
|Date of Birth||10/06/1992|
|Coach||Mike McKay and Hannah Every-Hall|
|Nickname||Al or Viney|
|Hobbies||AFL, taking Charlie my golden retriever to the beach, playing around with sport science in the gym|
|Previous Rowing Clubs/School||Barwon Rowing Club and Launceston Grammar|
Tasmanian born Alexandra Viney was a promising young rower throughout her high school years. 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 channeled 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 until 2019. 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. In November 2018, Alex began her journey as a par- athlete when she sat in a boat for the first time - a second chance at her rowing dream. Alex was selected for the Australian Senior Para-Rowing Team in the PR3 Mixed Coxed four in February 2019. In May 2019, Alex debuted for Australia at the Gavirate International Para Regatta placing second in the PR3 four and fourth place at her first World Championships, in the bow of her selected boat class, in August 2019. Outside of her training in pursuit of Paralympic selection, the current Mercantile member, is studying a Master of Business (sports management) at Deakin University and operates a small business. Alex hopes to continue to raise awareness around road safety, mental health, women in sport and opportunities for those with impairments.