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ALEXANDER UNG
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

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.