Long road to Olympic dream

23yr old long distance runner Alex Dreyer.
23yr old long distance runner Alex Dreyer.

The 23-year-old has a long love for sports and started playing hockey and cricket from a young age, but moved into running when he was in Year 10, igniting a new-found passion.

In 2005 the City of Bayswater Junior Sport Award winner joined a local running program, where he was mentored to become a top state and national distance runner.

‘When I first started the program I was getting beaten by most of the girls,’ the Morley resident said. ‘But if I stuck with it after that I must love it.’

After a year of persistence and dedication as a distance runner, Dreyer made the WA cross country team and was ranked second in the State for a couple of years before being ranked number one in the State and 11th in the country in 2007.

In 2008 Dreyer won a scholarship to study nutrition and train in track and field in the US at Eastern Kentucky University for four years.

He started working at Perth’s The Running Centre last year and studying masters in nutrition at Edith Cowan University.

Since returning, Dreyer has run about 30km a day, his latest achievement winning the half marathon in Busselton last month in just 68 minutes.