ALEXANDER Richard < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 15 Sep 1981
Height1.76 m
Weight 81 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Surbiton, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Chemistry;Sports Science - Loughborough University: Loughborough, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started playing hockey at age two at the Harleston Magpies Hockey Club in Shotford Heath, England.
Why this sport? Both his parents played hockey.
Club / Team Surbiton Hockey Club: Surbiton, ENG
Training Regime He does five two-hour training sessions a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfield
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for England
Location South Africa
General Interest
Nicknames Ratman, Ratdog, Jack Hammer or Banana Man. (greatbritianhockey.co.uk, 07 Sep 2010; Athlete, 27 Jun 2008, englandhockey.co.uk, 24 Oct 2007)
Hobbies Extreme sports, listening to music, cooking. (englandhockey.co.uk, 24 Oct 2007, Athlete, 27 Jun 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 2009 Euro Nations Championships in Amsterdam. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career Keith Parker, who was his coach until age 18. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol Lance Armstrong and Jonny Wilkinson. (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 07 Sep 2010)
Injuries In 2004 he suffered a broken back while lifting weights. The injury kept him off the pitch for nine months. (Athlete, 27 Jun 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He always puts his left shinpad on first. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." (Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 27 Jun 2008)