Born and brought up in the Cayman Islands, one of the greatest open water swimming destinations in the world, Alex, like many Cayman swimmers, has gained a significant amount of open water swimming experience over more than a decade. In August 2012 he represented Cayman at the inaugural FINA World Open Water Junior Championships in Niagara, Canada. Cayman hopes to host events of this stature in their crystal blue waters soon.
Alex is at Loughborough University in September 2013 to study and be part of the renowned Loughborough Swimming Squad.
In January 2013, Olympians Conor Dwyer, Liam Tancock and Caitlin McClatchey visited Cayman. Conor Dwyer, forewarned by Ous Mellouli, took no chances and blasted out to a big lead to prevent another shock win by Alex, who came ahead of Caitlin McClatchey, who promised to return in 2014 to seek revenge.