Alex was a member of the gold medal winning men’s four at the 2005 and 2006 World Championships but missed out on the chance of Olympic gold in 2004 due to illness which forced his withdrawal from the Olympic four just before Athens.
In 2007 the four had a mixed season finishing a disappointing 4th at the World Championships in Munich. In 2008 Alex gained a seat in the men’s eight which won silver at the first World Cup Regatta, bronze in the second and gold in the third.
Alex was selected in the men’s eight for the Beijing Olympic Games and won a silver medal.
Alex started rowing at Monkton Combe School in 1996, thinking that it would be a good way to keep fit. He immediately enjoyed it and progressed rapidly, being selected for GB in the coxed pair in the World Junior Championships in 1998, in which he won a bronze medal.
The following year Alex won silver in the four at the World Junior Championships in Plovdiv and in 2000 he stepped up to the GB Under 23 squad, winning gold with the coxed four in the World U23 Championships. The crew led from the first stroke and, despite a strong challenge from the Italians at half way, they raised their game to win gold by a length.
In 2001, Alex made his mark at senior level. After combining with Christopher Martin, Henry Adams and Dan Ouseley to win silver in the four at the World U23 Championships the quartet then met the standard to gain selection for the coxed four at the senior World Championships in Lucerne. There they reached the final and produced an outstanding final 500m to row through the field and snatch the bronze medal on the line.
In 2002 Alex raced in the eight, finishing 6th at the World Championships. The following year the eight improved throughout the season and showed their class at the World Championships in Milan by qualifying for the final and the Athens Olympics by taking 2nd place in their semi final, splitting the 2002 silver and bronze medallists. In the final they raced in a leading pack of three, finishing with a very creditable bronze medal.
Alex had a very public and frustrating season in 2004, winning the GB Rowing Senior Selection Trials in the pair with Andy Triggs Hodge and gaining a place in the men’s four with Pinsent, Cracknell and Williams. However, following the World Cup in Lucerne he was diagnosed with a collapsed lung and had to withdraw from the Olympic team that went on to win gold in Athens.
In 2005 Alex returned to full fitness and regained his place in the men’s four with Triggs Hodge, Reed and Williams, winning gold in the World Cups at Eton, Munich and Lucerne and capping a superb season by taking gold in the World Championships in Japan.
The 2006 World Cup brought further success with gold in all of the World Cup events in Munich, Poznan and Lucerne.
At the 2006 World Championships the GB four extended their unbeaten run to 24 races to take the world title for a second round – but this time on home water.
Alex has also enjoyed success at Henley in the past being a finalist in the Temple Challenge Cup and winning the Visitors Challenge Cup in successive years and the Stewards in 2005.
He studied technology management at Oxford Brookes University and in his spare time enjoys climbing, surfing, golf and watching all other top level sports. He is currently studying Italian part–time.
Alex is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.