Croak triple treat aim
ONE of a handful of athletes to represent Australia at an Olympics in two different sports, Alexandra Croak is on her way to making a third Olympic team.
The Coffs Harbour-born Croak is winning her way to London after claiming gold in the synchronised 10 metre platform event with teammate Melissa Wu.
The 27-year-old continues to rise up the diving ranks after switching to the sport following a successful career as a gymnast.
Although recording mixed results at the weekend's Australian Open National titles in Adelaide, Croak was quietly confident of a ticket to London.
"I had a bit of a rough time in the individual competition to finish third but was pretty happy with my performance in the synchro," she said. "Melissa and I have been diving well together and it was great to win that event.
"The meet was a little disappointing from my perspective, but it didn't end up too badly in the end.
"There is still a long way to go to qualify for the team but I am quietly confident."
With international performances taken into selection criteria as well as Australian qualifying events, Croak proclaimed the long path to the Olympics no longer bothered her.
"Qualifying for an Olympics is never easy and for us divers it is a long and hard process," she said.
"I had to go through this process in the lead up to Beijing so it is nothing new; you just have to be always putting in your top performance."
The dual Olympian is determined to add further highlights to her glittering career.
"I will never forget the opportunity of being a part of a home Olympics in Sydney and the chance to compete in sold-out diving events in Beijing is something else that will stay with me for a very long time." she said.
Set for a career of sporting success from the tender age of 10, leaving her home town of Coffs Harbour for the AIS in Canberra, Croak said her full training regime means she rarely gets to return.
"I don't get to come back to Coffs as much as I like. With my schedule full of training and competition I only get to come back three or four times a year," she said.
"My dad still lives up there and I take any opportunity to come and visit. It is much nicer than the hustle and bustle of Sydney and when I do make the trip back I appreciate every moment I get."