Alexander Purnell | Australian Olympic Committee

Alexander's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Rowing
Event: Men's Four 
Olympic History: Olympic Debutant 
Coach: Ian Wright
Highlights: Earning silver at the 2018 World Championships 
Year Born: 1995
Born: Brisbane, QLD 
Junior Club: Sydney Church of England Grammar School (North Sydney, NSW)

About Alexander

After an impressive junior career, Alexander Purnell is set to ascend to the rowing arena's highest stage in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old first earned selection in the Australian youth ranks in 2013, with strong performances earning Purnell subsequent appearances in 2014 and in the U23 World Championships, where he earned bronze in the latter Quadruple Sculls event. 

Purnell received his first taste of senior competition in 2017 with selection in the Australian Rowing Team's World Cup and World Championships sides. 

The following year, Purnell was awarded a place in the Men's Quadruple Sculls for the 2018 World Championships, where in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the Sydney product helped his crew secure silver in a hardfought race. 

With his older brother Nicholas, Purnell has continued preparations for Tokyo at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre, where under Ian Wright, Mark Prater and Andrew Randell, has been subjected to the top competitive environment in the nation ahead of a prospective Olympics debut. 

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