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Alexandra Viney

Barwon Rowing Club (VIC), then Power House Rowing Club (VIC), then Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

2019 – National Championships PR3 Women’s Coxless Pair stroke – First 

2019 – National Championships PR3 Mixed Coxed Four two seat – First 

2019 – World Championships PR3 Mixed Coxed Four bow – Fourth 

2019 Australian PR3 Mixed Four at the World Championships - Al in the bow seat

Rowing Australia’s profile of Alexandra extracted on the 10th November 2020 advised:

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 road safety, mental health, women in sport and opportunities for those with impairments.

In 2020, after Hannah Every Hall left Power House for her new role at Modern Pentathlon Australia as the Pathways and High Performance Manager, and the opportunity to row with able bodied rowers at Mercantile arose, both she and Alex Vuillerman joined Mercantile. Fortunately Hannah has been able to continue to assist Al at Mercantile so Al is having the best of both worlds, training in a high performance program at Mercs with able bodies rowers and receiving Hannah's guidance.

Clearly Al is aiming for the Paralympic Games.


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