01 Jun, 2018
It took 8 years of failure before Alex first became World Champion, but learning to adapt and make necessary decisions turned his previous years of painful disappointment around. It was these defeats that laid the foundations for Alex’s Olympic success and the ability to overcome any difficulties that he encountered on the way. Alex went on to become one of the World’s leading rowers, and one of only three men in the World to win six consecutive major Championships between 2011 and 2016.
Retiring from the sport on a high with five World Championship titles and two Olympic Gold medals to his name the father of three went in pursuit of new challenges.
Alex spent a month exploring some of the coldest waters in the world while on a pioneering Arctic rowing expedition in 2017. With the desire to push his boundaries and test his mental capacity in a vastly different environment to what he was used to, Alex learnt far more about himself, team dynamics and leadership than he ever expected. It was an extraordinary journey discovering little seen natural wonders, exploring a rarely visited part of the globe, battling dangerous seas, immensely cold conditions, walking the tight rope between life and death, eventually finishing the journey on a little known Volcanic Island, Jan Mayen. The expedition was a resounding success securing numerous Guinness World records and was filled with lessons and experiences that will last a lifetime.
As the father of three young children, Alex’s attentions now lie in exploring the practical, healthy opportunities young people have in modern society. Passionate about the outdoors Alex has written the book Dadventures, a guide full of fun, unusual and interesting activities for families to do outdoors that will create bonding moments and lasting memories. His experiences in sport, as a parent and during his Arctic expeditions give Alex an appreciation and understanding of what is important to him & his family. He is passionate about sharing these thoughts and ideas with others because after all, time is the resource we all want but we can’t buy so making the most of time with our children is essential.
We are excited to welcome Alex to our speaking line-up at The Good Life Experience in 2018.
Photo: Pete Reed
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