Commonwealth Games: Alex Eade
Victorian athlete, Alex Eade is excited to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast this week.
After taking out the gold medal at the Melbourne World Cup this February, where she returned to international competition for the first time since 2016, she is “excited to be in the [Commonwealth Games] environment. Competing in front of a home crowd will just be amazing.”
As a decorated junior athlete, she competed in many major international events including the Pacific Rim Championships, Australian Youth Olympic Festival, and the Junior Commonwealth Games. Alex has always loved competing Floor at these events because “you get to show off and perform for the judges and crowd and I also love tumbling.”
Coming back from injury herself, Alex’s advice to young gymnasts aspiring to represent Australia one day is to “never give up on your dream. You might have a few setbacks, but if you keep working hard and set your mind to do it you can achieve anything”.
She says, “I have been training really hard over the last couple of years, so it’s nice that the hard work has paid off.”
Alex began her gymnastics journey at the age of four and is thankful for the support of her friends and family for the role they play in her success. She says, “I want to thank my mum and my boyfriend for always supporting me through everything. Also my previous coaches Tracey [Penaluna] and Misha [Barabach], who have been my coaches since I was 10, and shaped me into the gymnast I am today.”
Alex trains at the National Centre of Excellence – Melbourne and would also like to thank her current coaches Michelle [De Highden] and Shaoyi [Jiang].
Good luck, Alex.