21 March 1991 |
Bunbury, Western Australia
|Residence||Bunbury, Western Australia|
|Height||179 cm (70 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (168 lb)|
|Club||Swan River Rowing Club|
Alexandra Hagan (born 21 March 1991) is an Australian Olympic representative rower. She competed in the Australian Women's VIII at London 2012 and was again selected in the VIII for Rio 2016. She competed and placed at World Rowing Championships in 2013.
Hagan was born on 21 March 1991 in Bunbury, Western Australia. She grew up in the Perth area, attending Kearnan College Manjimup and St Joseph's Primary School, Bunbury before going to high school at Bunbury Catholic College. As of 2012[update], she lives in Bunbury, Western Australia. Hagan is 179 centimetres (70 in) tall and weighs 76 kilograms (168 lb).
Club and state rowing
Hagan rows from Perth's Swan River Rowing Club and has competed at the national level in single scull, double sculls and eights races. At the 2008 Australian Rowing Championships, she placed first in the under-19 women’s single scull event and repeated this victory in the same category in 2009. That year, she and Madeleine Edmunds also won the national under-19 women’s double scull championship.
On nine consecutive occasions between 2008 and 2016 Hagan was seated in the Western Australian women's VIII competing for the Queen's Cup in the Interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships.
International rowing career
At the 2012 World Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland Hagan was in the women's VIII which finished 4th and then 5th in the same event at the World Cup 3 in Munich, Germany. In the women's VIII over 2000m, she helped set a time of 6 minutes 12.36 seconds which qualified the crew for the London Olympics. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's VIII  who nicknamed themselves the "Motley Crew". Hagan was one of the youngest of Australia's forty-six member rowing team. Prior to London, she participated in a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre in Varese, Italy.
Hagan was a member of the Australian VIII who initially missed qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but received a late call up following the Russian drug scandal. WADA had discovered Russian state sponsored drug testing violations and the IOC acted to protect clean athletes and set strict entry guidelines for Russian athletes resulting in most of their rowers and nearly all of their crews being withdrawn from the Olympic regatta. The Australian women's VIII had dispersed two months earlier after their failure to qualify but reconvened, travelled at the last minute to Rio and borrowed a shell. They finished last in their heat, last in the repechage and were eliminated.
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