Our resident Kiwi, Alex grew up in Auckland before his family relocated to Australia when he was 11. After a gentle prompt from his mother that he would be good at helping people Alex enrolled in a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences at The University of Queensland and graduated with honours and a major in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2016.
Alex is a Rugby Union diehard and has played the game since he was 5 years old. He currently plays for Souths Rugby Union Club in Brisbane and has enjoyed several years playing in Premier Grade. Alex was also a gymnast, representing QLD in State gymnastics and breaking a New Zealand record for most dips in a minute - 46!
Having played tennis competitively, Alex was recently employed as a trainer at the 2016 Vietnam Open and as an Exercise Physiologist at the 2016 Brisbane International; training American tennis player Stefan Kozlov for the tournament.
When a friend from Colorado sustained a spinal cord injury skiing, Alex became interested in spinal cord injury rehabilitation; even completing his honours research project on the subject - 'A Review of the Strength and Flexibility Guidelines for Optimising Upper Limb Function in Manual Wheelchair Users with Tetraplegia'. When a rugby teammate who sustained a spinal cord injury after diving into a pool began attending Making Strides, Alex found a passion for activity based therapy and completed his clinical practicum at Making Strides before securing a position as an accredited exercise physiologist with us.
Things you NEED to know about Alex:
Alex's dream job was to work at Making Strides which is a long way from his first job as a fruit and vegetable picker.
If you are in Brisbane, Alex recommends the Sichuan Fish Chilli Broth at Happy Boy.
Alex is afraid of grasshoppers and would one day like to learn how to iron.
A seasoned traveller, Alex would love to go to Peru or Brazil for the food and dancing.
Alex measures success by whether or not you own a Dyson.
While Richie McCaw is his idol, it's his cat Harry that he would be taking with him to a deserted island.