Coffs? Games hopeful
FOUR years ago Coffs Harbour cheered as former resident Alex Croak won gymnastic gold and silver for Australia at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
Next month she will again line up in the Australian Commonwealth Games team, but instead of sporting a leotard she will wear swimmers in the hope of joining a select few who have won Commonwealth Games medals in two different sports.
It has just gone two years since Alex turned her attention from gymnastics to diving, with her inclusion in yesterday's announcement of the 12-stong Australian diving team for the Melbourne games proving it to be the right decision.
"I am so excited to have just been selected in the team. Of course I hope to be a medal chance, but I'm just so happy to be competing in another Games," Alex said.
Her ultimate goal is to become an Australian Olympian in two different sports, a goal she is now well on track to reach.
While not official, Alex will probably be partnered with Australia's latest diving sensation, 13-year-old Melissa Wu, in the 10m platform synchronised pair.
"Melissa is fantastic, and it would be great if we were partnered together," Alex said.
Although she does admit to feeling a bit like a giant next to Melissa, who weighs just 28kg and stands at 135cm tall.
Alex secured her place in the team after finishing fourth behind Melissa Wu, Olympic gold medalist Chantelle Newbery and triple Olympian Loudy Tourky at last week's Games selection trials.