Coach Alex grew up in South Africa and swam competitively for 13 years. In 2013, she moved to Canada to continue swimming, while attending the University of British Columbia.
Alex’s best stroke has always been Freestyle (sprints), with the 50m Free being her favourite event. She competed at the National and International level for South Africa and, in 2012, qualified for the South African Olympic Trials. Her proudest swimming moment, however, was after she took a year off swimming in 2015 and then returned and qualified for the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials. Shortly after the Trials, Alex partially tore her bicep tendon and supraspinatus which meant, unfortunately, that she had to take some time off training. She attempted to make a return to the pool, but soon after decided that it was time to hang up her goggles.
Alex has coached for the Vancouver Vikings Swim Club for five years. Having worked her way up from the MV2 group, all the way through to INT1 this Summer. Currently, she is the Head Coach for the Vikings Winter Maintenance program and has also worked with the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club and the UBC Masters Swim Club over the past few years.
Alex will be graduating from UBC in May 2019, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. She plans to continue her studies and pursue a PhD in Child Psychology.
Alex prides herself on being a technical coach, who is able to create a fun and supportive environment for all her swimmers. She is extremely excited to be coming back as a group coach this Summer and cannot wait to get to know each of the swimmers in her group!
Alexandra’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.