Sport: Canoe – Sprint
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Highlights: Winning the K4 1000 at the 2017 World Championships
Coach: Jimmy Owens
Year Born: 1994
State Born: Queensland
Jordan Wood started paddling at a very young age, growing up om the Gold Coast by the water with Olympic kayakers for parents.
His late father Steve Wood won K4 1000 metres bronze at Barcelona 1992, while his mother Anna previously competed for The Netherlands, won K2 500m bronze for Australia at Atlanta 1996 and placed sixth at Sydney 2000. Anna is now the coach of the Australian women’s canoe sprint team.
A young Jordan never felt the pressure to pick up a paddle and spent his junior years racing mountain bike, he only started kayaking seriously at 15, when his downhill mountain biking injuries took a toll.
Wood had his first taste of Olympic glory at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival where he won gold in the K2 1000 and silver in the K1 1000 and K2 200, then in 2015, he partnered with Riley Fitzsimmons and won K2 1000 gold at the Under 23 World Championships.
The pair put themselves on the Rio radar when they won the first Grand Prix regatta of the 2016 season, defeating 2015 World Championships silver medallists and Olympians Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame.
Wood made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he teamed with Jacob Clear, Fitzsimmons and Wallace in the K4 1000. The crew went down fighting in the final to finish fourth behind Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
2017 was a defining year for Wood as he experienced success in the junior and elite categories, overcoming the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease in the process.
At the 2017 World Championships, he won K4 1000 gold with Fitzsimmons, Stewart and Wallace. In the same year, Wood and Fitzsimmons also won K2 1000 bronze at the Under 23 World Championships.
The pair’s shared K2 medal haul included a bronze and two silver world cup medals won across 1000 and 500 metres distances.
At the 2019 Canoe Sprint World Championships, they also finished fifth in the K2 1000, securing Australia a Tokyo 2020 quota spot in the process.
Fitzsimmons and Wood won their selection to Tokyo when they claimed K2 1000 gold at the 2020 Australian Championships in a time of 3 min 12.04sec, with the duo overcoming newcomers Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen who finished second by a 1.05sec margin.
Wood is married to fellow kayaker and Olympian Alyce Wood (nee Burnett).
Gold Coast Canoe Club
Dennis Green. He introduced me to Kayaking and is a legend of the sport. He had so many great stories and so much passion for our sport.
I've always been inspired by the people around me. My mum, my old coaches Vince and Anders and my teammates have all inspired me at any given time.