Sports Performer of the Year by craig08
November 27, 2009, 8:01 am
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Craig Alexander has edged out Aussie sporting greats such as Cadel Evans, Steve Hooker, Mark Webber and Jarryd Hayne in a publicly voted race to be named the Sports Performer of the Year. His amazing back to back victories in the grueling Hawaiian Ironman, placed him in elite company of only three other athletes that have managed to back up and win 2 years in a row.

The Awards Night recognised Kurt Fearnley as the Performer of the Year with a Disability, Lauren Mitchell as Best Young Talent, Bart Cummings as Coach of the Year, as well as the Australian Socceroos as Team of the Year.

Four Legends of Australian Sport were also recognised on the night for their Sporting lives, and in a unique format outlined each others careers.  These four were Michael O’Laughlin and Tom Harley  ( AFL), Mark Skaife ( Motor Racing) and Shane Kelly a true legend of Australian Cycling.

Sports Performer video clip



From the Wife… by craig08
November 23, 2009, 10:18 pm
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It’s Neris (my) turn to update what has gone on in the Alexander household over the last few weeks.

To say we have been busy is an understatement, but it has been a “great ” kind of busy. There has been a huge amount of media interest which is great to get the sport of Triathlon out in to the general arena. It has been awesome for Craig and raising his profile, as well as being able to spread some coverage to our amazing crew and Sponsors that support ” Team Alexander“.

After Hawaii we have not really had time to come ‘down’ as after being at home only a few days Craig flew off to Perth to the ITU World Long Course Championships. He had hoped to race, but coming so soon on the back of Kona it became obvious that it was out of the question. So he was “rolled” out as a bit of a human interest story, and apparantly had more than his share of Aussie beer, as well as did a bit of guest commentry and appearances for Triathlon Australia etc.

The Noosa Triathlon festival has got to be the jewel in Triathlons crown in Australia, and not willing to miss it, we jumped on a plane and dragged the kids up 5 days of fun in Noosa. Craig once again went head to head in the Celebrity  teams triathlon race for the win , this year against Marathoner Lee Troop,  and once again his first hard run since Kona. I was surprised that he didn’t tear a ham string or anything, as there is no dampening the competitive spirit in Craig when there is a race on !!! We also all ran in the fun run for Breast Cancer, including our 4 year old Lucy. That child loves to run, I guess it is in the genes.

After a few more days at home, Craig once again jumped aboard a Qantes jet and headed back to the USA to fill a few Sponsorship commitments and a few interesting bits on the side. His first stop was in Austin Texas, where he went to ” The Running event” a huge Running Trade show, and met a few running legends: Alberta Salazar and Dick Beardsley. Being a sports fan, he knew all about their amazing Duel at the 1982 Boston Marathon. He stopped by Lance Armstrongs very cool and reportedly enormous bike shop, Mellow Johnnys and went for a ride with Chris Carmichael.

Next stop was onto Clearwater for the IM 70.3 World champs where apparently there was a lot of laughs and a little  race day commentry with Welchy, as well as a few more Sponsorship appearances. He sure has done the rounds since his race in Kona. I have written all the schedules and been dizzy thinking about him racing from one thing to the next !!!

Filming an ad for his sponsor Road ID in Kentucky along side cycling legend Levi Leipheimer and Bob Roll, as well as the real live Forest Gump (Dean Karnzas) was the last stop on this trip. By all reports a few long days of filming was kept light and upbeat as Bob Roll continued to fuzz his lines.

Tonight his task at hand is to see if he can pour himself and his few extra kilos into his suit in readiness for the Sports Performer Awards which is on at Star City on Wednesday evening. Luckily I get to glam up for that one as well, and along with Emma Moffat, Triathlon is once again well represented with both Emma and Craig up for the top individual award.

Craig is back into training and our lives are starting to settle back into our regular Australian rhythm. The only thing missing is Craigs Mojo, so if any one finds some spare motivation lying around fling it to Cronulla and help me get my husband out the door and back training. A wife needs a little peace.

Since I have the floor, My Thanks for all the support we have received must be publicly extended to friends, family, fans, Sponsors and all of Team Alexander for helping us through this amazing time.

Stay safe and as they say ” See you at the races”

Neri