Alex Lisney, who has mild cerebral palsy affecting the left side of her body, was a netball, hockey and touch football player prior to discovering Para-sport. Her interest was sparked after reading an article about a Para-equestrian athlete with a similar disability to hers, vying for selection for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

At a Paralympics Australia Talent Search Day, Alex learned that she was most suited to rowing due to her height and long limbs. Less than 18 months after taking it up, she was selected to represent Australia at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, where she placed 6th.

Keeping her options open for Paralympic qualification, Alex decided to try her hand at cycling, a sport that would allow her to focus solely on herself. This decision paid immediate dividends; she won the individual pursuit at the NSW Track State Championships that year. Alex believes …

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Date of birth
2 July 1987
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

How acquired
Mosman, NSW
Structural engineer
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Greatest sporting moments

Seeing the crowd go wild when Mo Farah won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Time trial Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Individual pursuit Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road time trial Classification: C4

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