Born in Moruya and raised in Tuross Head, James Alexander is set to take on the world as he prepares to compete at the 2018 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Age Group World Championshipson the Gold Coast this September.
James moved to Wollongong in 2006 to undertake a Double Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, at the University of Wollongong. His interest in science from an early age meant that it was no surprise when he completed his thesis with Honours, and as a result not long after graduating, secured himself a position at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
During this time James discovered a love, and talent for running through involvement with popular outdoor fitness group, Savvy Fitness. His consistent training and desire to achieve goals acted as a stepping stone to James' first triathlon only three years ago, and James has quickly secured a reputation as competitive within the local Triathlon community.
With his family by his side, including his two year old son Killian, James has spent the past 12 months competing along with 724 other Australian’s for a position in the National squad for the World Championships. And thanks to his dedication, an intense and early morning training schedule with the Sparrows Cycling Club as well as the guidance of his coaches at B&J Racing, James has successfully secured his position on the team and will represent the country in the Standard Distance, 30-34 Age Group.
On Sunday 16 September, James will proudly wear his green and gold and will race a 1500m ocean swim followed by 40km bike stint and will finish the event with a 10km run. Whatever the result on the day, James’ parents Neil and Pam of Tuross Head agree that he has done his family proud and they are excited to cheer from the side of the track on the day.
James’ goal is to not only compete to his best on the day, but to inspire others, particularly Dad’s, to give their dreams a go. “I want to show people that you can be a Dad, a Husband and achieve your own personal achievements - it’s about balance and i am learning that every single day”.
Follow James on his journey to the World Championships on his Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/thebravelionofja/