‘My pop Alex Brown who was 3-time Australian Men’s Shot Put Champion is my biggest inspiration. My family are my biggest supporters. When I won my bronze medal at National’s my first call was to Pop as I knew he would be proud of me, and he was. I call Pop’s mobile when I throw a PB at training or in comp. I always keep him updated on my progress. Having pop present me with my silver medal in the U/16 boys Shot Put at the State Champs was a really special memory for me.”
Alex has a lot of gratitude for his coach Lindsey Glass. “My family have a long history with Mr Glass and his family which spans nearly 30 years. My Pop was Byrony Glass’s first hammer coach. Mr Glass also coached my Aunty Alexie before she moved to Melbourne to continue her hammer training in Victoria. Mr Glass is now coaching my sister Eesha and I.”
‘My favourite athletics stadium is the West Australian Athletics Stadium. It is my training centre. I feel comfortable there and know the circle. I am looking forward to Perth hosting this years Australian All Schools Championship in December.
“My season goal is – breaking the U/16 boys State Hammer record, which has stood for more than 30 years. My long term goal is to make it in the Australian Team for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago and 2028 The next would be making the Australian Team for the Olympic Games LA.”
Alex will be completing his Yr11 studies next year. Alex will be completing his ATAR and will be looking for a career pathway as a PE Teacher or in the Sports Science field.
Over the winter Alex is a keen footballer. Alex is currently in the West Coast Eagles “Nic Natanui Academy” development squad and was recently selected for the Perth Demon’s 15’s Football development squad. If Alex had to make a choice between the two sports Alex would choose Athletics.
His current competition PB is 50.06m.
Asked what does he enjoy in the WATC he replied “It is a very friendly club where there is no rivalry amongst throwers. During competitions WATC throwers come together and encourage and support one another. There is a sense of ‘mateship’ amongst the throwers at our club. WATC has a good mix of experienced masters athletes as well as Open and jnr athletes.“
What advice would you give to young throwers: “Don’t expect too much too soon. Train hard, stay committed and driven. Make goals realistic and achievable. Listen to your coach.”
We wish Alex all the best for this coming season.