Alexandra Hagan

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Alexandra Hagan
Personal information
Nickname(s) Alex
Nationality Australia
Born (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 26)
Bunbury, Western Australia
Residence Bunbury, Western Australia
Height 179 cm (70 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Rowing
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.

Personal[edit]

Hagan was born on 21 March 1991 in Bunbury, Western Australia.[1] 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.[1][2] As of 2012, she lives in Bunbury, Western Australia.[1][3] Hagan is 179 centimetres (70 in) tall and weighs 76 kilograms (168 lb).[1]

Club and state rowing[edit]

Hagan rows from Perth's Swan River Rowing Club and has competed at the national level in single scull, double sculls and eights races.[2] 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[edit]

In 2009, Hagan competed at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde France, in a quad scull, finishing second in the 2000 metres race.[2]

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.[1][4] 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.[4] She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's VIII [3][5][6][7] who nicknamed themselves the "Motley Crew".[6] Hagan was one of the youngest of Australia's forty-six member rowing team.[8] Prior to London, she participated in a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre in Varese, Italy.

At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju Hagan won bronze in the coxless four with Hannah Vermeersch, Charlotte Sutherland and Lucy Stephan.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "London 2012 – Alexandra Hagan". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Peter Kogoy (9 August 2009). "Rowers add to impressive medal tally in world junior championships". The Australian. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Olympic hopes high for local heroes – The West Australian". Au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b Broadstock, Amelia (2012-06-25). "Blackwood rower books spot in Games – Local News – News – Mitcham & Hills Messenger". Mitcham-and-hills-messenger.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  5. ^ "London 2012 – Athlete Search". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Australia name 46-strong rowing squad hoping to claim "avalanche of medals" at London 2012 | Rowing". insidethegames.biz. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Olympic rowing team named – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  8. ^ "Rowers out to add more gold to Games tally – The West Australian". Au.news.yahoo.com. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2012-07-10.