CROAK Alex < Back  
Sport Diving, Gymnastics - Artistic
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 09 Jul 1984 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.67 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Occupational Therapy - University of Sydney: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? At age 19 she worked with New South Wales Institute of Sport's head coach of diving, Chava Sobrino, to transfer her gymnastics skills to diving.
Why this sport? She wanted a career after gymnastics.
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Australia
Tournament Grand Prix
Location Rome
General Interest
Hobbies Shopping, listening to music. (products.schools.nsw.edu.au, 31 May 2011)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Injuries She broke her left heel competing in vault in artistic gymnastics at the 2001 East Asian Games. (NOC, 27 Mar 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Count your blessings, not your troubles." (diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours She was awarded the Nigel C Barker medal for sporting achievement at the University of Sydney in 2012. (sydney.edu.au, 14 Nov 2012)
Other sports She represented Australia in artistic gymnastics at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and won gold and silver medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. (smh.com.au, 25 Jan 2010)
Famous relatives Her sister Emma swam at national level while sister Rebecca was a runner at national level. Also, her mother competed at the national level for swimming and her father competed at the national level for cycling. (diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2009; products.schools.nsw.edu.au, 31 May 2011)
Other information NATIONAL FIRSTS
She was the first Australian to win medals in consecutive Commonwealth Games in different sports. She won gold and silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in artistic gymnastics, and silver at the 2006 edition in diving. She was only the third Australian athlete, and first female, to compete at the Commonwealth Games in different sports, after Ray Rigby [weightlifting in 1970 and athletics in 1974] and Angus Waddell [athletics in 1982 and swimming in 1990]. She was the first Commonwealth Games athlete to win a gold medal in two different sports. (ACGA, 12 Feb 2006; nsw.gov.au, 13 Jan 2015)

TATTOO
She has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her lower back. (NOC, 27 Mar 2008)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a masters of health science from the University of Sydney. (sydney.edu.au, 14 Nov 2012)