Diving Australia

Diving Australia

Alexandra Croak

 
Nickname:  Alex
DOB:  9th July 1984
Born:  Sydney NSW
Lives:  Sydney NSW
Hgt:  167cm
Wgt: 57kg
Institute:  NSWIS
Club:  Perfect 10 Diving Club
Trains:  Sydney Olympic Park
Coach:  Salvador Sobrino

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Silver Medallist 10m synchro (Wu) at 2011 FINA World Championships
  • Gold Medallist 10m synchro (Wu) at 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi
  • Silver Medallist 10m synchro (Wu) 17th FINA World Cup
  • Competed a 2 Olympic Games Beijing 2008 (Diving) and Sydney 2000 (Gymnastics)
  • Silver Medallist 10m synchro Commonwealth Games 2006
  • 5th American Grand Prix 2006
  • Silver Medallist 10m synchro Italian Grand Prix 2006

 

IN 2012

  • Competed at FINA World Cup
  • Won silver 10 metre synchro (Wu) at FINA German Grand Prix
  • Place 1st 10 metre synchro: 4th 10 metre at Australian Open Championships, Adelaide

IN 2011

  • Won silver 10 metre synchro (Wu) at FINA World Championships, Shanghai
  • Won bronze 10 metre synchro (Wu) at FINA World Series Mexico
  • Won bronze 10 metre at FINA World Series Great Britian
  • Won bronze 10 metre & 10 metre synchro (Wu) FINA World Series Russia
  • Won bronze 10 metre & 10 metre synchro (Wu) FINA World Series China

IN 2010

  • Won gold 10 metre synchro (Wu), bronze 10 metre at 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Won silver 10 metre synchro (Wu) at 17th FINA World Cup, China
  • Won 2 bronze 10 synchro (Wu) at FINA World Series, Mexico
  • Won bronze 10m synchro (Wu) at FINA Canadian Grand Prix
  • Placed 1st in 10 metre, 3rd in 1 metre and 1st 10 metre synchro (Wu) at Australian Open Championships in Sydney 

IN 2009

  • Won bronze medal in 10 metre at FINA Spanish Grand Prix
  • Placed 4th in 10 metre at FINA Diving World series in Mexico City
  • Placed 2nd in 1 metre and 10 metre at Australian Open Championships in Brisbane 
IN 2008
  • Semi-finalist in 10 metre at Beijing Olympic Games
  • Won bronze 10 metre at FINA Spanish Grand Prix, Madrid
 
IN 2007
  • Bronze in 10 metre at FINA Italian Grand Prix.
  • 7th on 10 metre at the World University Games in Bangkok
  • Competed at FINA World Championships
 
IN 2006
  • Won silver in 10 metre synchro (Wu) Commonwealth Games
 
IN 2005
  • Semi-finalist 1m World University Games 2005

IN 2004
  • Just started diving
 
OUT OF THE POOL
FAMILY MEMBERS:
Mum - Heather McDonald, Dad – Michael Croak, Brother – Benjamin, Sisters – Emma and Rebecca, Nephew – Jaiden Harrison.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN LIFE:
Parents and Chava Sobrino (Coach).  My parents for their patience and encouragement. Chava for his endless support, belief and patience.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU: 
People living their dreams – whatever they may be
ROLE MODELS:
Rodger Federer
 
PERSONAL
STUDIES/OCCUPATION:
Full time student at the University of Sydney studying Occupational Therapy
SPORTS BEFORE DIVING/AUSTRALIAN TEAMS:
Gymnastics
 
INTERESTING FACTS PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU:
I sponsor an orphaned elephant in Kenya named Dida. She is almost one year old.
SUPERSTITIONS:
Light green/aqua chamois
ULTIMATE RELAXATION:
Watching TV in tracky and uggies (favourite item in my cupboard)
SPECIALTY IN THE KITCHEN:
Toasted sandwiches – I have the magic touch!
ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
Chocolate
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO AWAY FROM DIVING:
Hang out with friends
 
MY FAVOURITE   
SPORTING TEAM:
Socceroos
MOVIES:
Girl Interrupted and American Beauty
TV SHOW:
Entourage and Grey’s Anatomy
BANDS/MUSIC:
Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Triple J
CD’S:
Future/Sex/Love/Sound – Justin Timberlake, From the Sea – Eskimo Joe, Vitalogy – Pearl Jam, Celebrity Skin – Hole, Stripped – Christina Aguilera
DRINK:
Cold, cold water
DIVING MEET:
Olympic Games
 
MY
HOBBIES:
Eating and sleeping – very talented at both
PETS:
Dida my little fostered elephant
BEST MATES:
Michelle Hayward, Erin Lowrie and Jacqui Dunn
LAST BOOK READ:
Chalked Up by Jennifer Sey
GREATEST ASSET:
My sensibility
 
HAVE ANY OF YOUR FAMILY REPRESENTED AUSTRALIA OR PLAYED SPORT AT A NATIONAL LEVEL?
Mum was a swimmer and dad was a cyclist, Emma did surf club and swimming at national level and Rebecca was a swimmer and runner at national level
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Indecisive, forgetful and determined
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?
1. To be a dual Olympian for two different sports and 2. For my work ethic
DIVING SHORT TERM GOALS:
Focusing on the Olympics 2008 and World Championships 2009
DIVING CAREER ULTIMATE GOAL:
Medallist at the Beijing Olympics 2008
PERSONAL AMBITIONS:
To settle for nothing less than my best
HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED ANY OBSTACLES DURING YOUR DIVING CAREER?
Time. I started diving relatively late/old
WHAT AGE DID YOU START DIVING AND WHY?
At 19 because I wanted to take up another sport after retiring for 18 months from my gymnastics career, so I thought diving would be a good idea.
FAVOURITE DIVER AND WHY?
Matthew Mitcham has been a great training partner over the past 18 months.
NOTABLE QUOTE:
"Count your blessings, not your troubles"
 

 

AUSTRALIAN TEAM REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS - DIVING
EVENT
LOCATION
YEAR
RESULTS
Olympics
Beijing, China 2008 18th 10m
World Championships Shanghai, China 2011
2nd 10m synchro (Wu); 7th 10m
  Melbourne, Australia 2007 18th 1m; 20th 10m
Commonwealth Games
Delhi, India
2010
1st 10m synchro (Wu); 2nd 10m
  Melbourne, Australia 2006 2nd 10m synchro (Wu)
FINA World Series Guanajuato, Mexico
2011
3rd 10m synchro (Wu)
  Sheffield, GBR
2011
3rd 10m & 10m synchro (Wu)
  Beijing, China
2011
3rd 10m
  Moscow, Russia
2011
3rd 10m & 10m synchro (Wu)
 
Veracruz, Mexico I
2010
3rd 10m synchro (Wu); 8th 10m
 
Verecruz, Mexico II
2010
3rd 10m synchro (Wu); 8th 10m
  Mexico City, Mexico 2009 4th 10m
FINA Grand Prix
Rostock, Germany
2012
2nd 10m synchro (Wu)
 
Montreal, Canada
2010
3rd 10m synchro (Wu); 9th 10m
  Madrid, Spain 2009 3rd 10m
  Rostock, Germany 2008 6th 10m
  Fort Lauderdale, USA 2008 17th 10m
  Montreal, Canada 2008 6th 10m
  Shenzhen, China 2008 4th 10m
  Rome, Italy 2007 3rd 10m
  Madrid, Spain 2007 6th 10m
  Rome, Italy 2006 11th 10m
  Fort Lauderdale, USA 2006 5th 10m
  Sydney, Australia 2006 9th 10m
World Cup London, Great Britian 2012
4th 10m sync synchro (Wu)
 
Changzhou, China
2010
2nd 10m sync synchro (Wu); 9th 10m
  Chang Shu, China 2006 15th 10m; 5th 10m synchro (Wu)
World Uni Games Bangkok, Thailand 2007 7th 10m
 

 

AUSTRALIAN TEAM REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS - GYMNASTICS
EVENT LOCATION YEAR RESULTS
Olympics Sydney, Australia 2000 7th in Team event (Gymnastics)
World Championships Ghent, Belgium 2001 7th in Team event (Gymnastics)
Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 2002 1st Team event, 2nd vault, 4th bars, 15th All-Around (Gymnastics)
Pacific Alliance Vancouver, Canada 2002 2nd Teams event, 3rd vault, 4th All-Around (Gymnastics)
Australia vs China Canberra, Australia 2002 6th All-Around (Gymnastics)
Friendship Classic Pottsville, USA 2002 1st All-Around (Gymnastics)
East Asian Games Osaka, Japan 2001 8th All-Around (Gymnastics)
China Motor Cup China 2000 6th All-Around, 2nd floor (Gymnastics)
AUS vs UKR vs BLR Perth, Australia 2000 6th All-Around, 2nd bars (Gymnastics)
Romanian International Bucharest, Romania 2000 20th All-Around (Gymnastics)
Pacific School Games Sydney, Australia 2000 2nd All-Around (Gymnastics)
Canberra Cup Canberra, Australia 1999 1st beam (Gymnastics)
Japan Junior International Yokohama, Japan 1999 11th All-Around (Gymnastics)
Pusan International Pusan, Korea 1998 3rd beam
 

 

 
Diving Australia

© 2014 Diving Australia. All rights reserved.

Website by BViT