Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
July 2, 1987
Mosman, NSW
Structural engineer
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012

Career Highlights

Winning bronze at her first cycling World Championships in 2011, winning bronze at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Seeing the crowd go wild when GB Olympic long distance runner Mo Farah won gold at the London 2012 Olympics


A highly talented athlete in a diverse range of sports, London 2012 bronze medallist Alex Green is one of the few 2016 squad members who has competed internationally in two sports – cycling and rowing.

Alex, who has mild cerebral palsy affecting the left side of her body, was a netball, hockey and touch football player before she discovered Para-sport. In the lead up to the Beijing Games, she read an article about a Para-equestrian athlete with a similar disability, vying for selection, which sparked her interest in Paralympic sport.

After attending an APC Talent Search Day, Alex discovered she was eligible and so her Paralympic dream began. With her natural height and long limbs, Alex found she had talent in rowing and less than 18 months after she took up the sport, she was selected on the Australian Rowing Team for the 2009 Rowing World Championships in Poland. Finishing sixth, she was pleased with her result at her first international competition.

Keeping her options open for Paralympic qualification, in 2010 Alex decided to try cycling, a sport that would allow her to focus solely on herself. Her decision to adopt a new sport paid immediate dividends, winning the C3 individual pursuit at the NSW Track State Championships the same year. Alex believes rowing helped her with the endurance she needed to win the title, and all she had to do was adapt her skills.

Her follow-up season in 2011 was even better, winning a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy.

In 2012, Alex got her Games year off to the best possible start by winning gold in the 3km individual pursuit at the UCI Track World Championships. Then during London 2012, she won a Paralympic bronze in the same event, behind teammate Susan Powell, who won the gold.

With a passion for all things sport, Alex’s greatest sporting moment was seeing GB Olympic distance runner Mo Farah win gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the crowd going wild, it was at that moment she realised the significance of representing Australia at the Paralympic Games.

Alex credits her family as the most influential people in her life. They have taught her the importance of working well as a team to get through obstacles, and believes those values have helped her in life and in sport.

To get ready for competition, Alex sticks to a routine of putting her right cycling shoe on before her left cycling shoe. And having climbed the medal podium before at Paralympic level, her bronze medal moment has only served as inspiration to one day win a Paralympic gold medal and break a world record.


Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C4
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Time trial Classification: C4
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: C4
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: C4