Rachel Wood – Academy Water Star

Rachel Wood is one of the Academy’s bright, new stars. As a member of the Academy’s Auburn Lone Star Program, Rachel competes as a Swimmer and Surf Life Saver. Rachel has been working incredibly hard this year in numerous competitions and has achieved some wonderful results.

In her swimming discipline, Rachel recently competed at the Australian Age Championships in Adelaide, where she raced in the 17/18’s age group. As a 17 year old Rachel made the finals for both the 200m and 400m Individual Medley’s. Rachel finished 5th in the 200m IM and 3rd in the 400m IM.

Moving on to Surf Life Saving, Rachel’s achievements are impressive. Rachel spent the 16th-24th April competing in Maroochydore, QLD at the 2016 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships for her Central Coast club, Umina. This is the first year that Rachel has competed in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and her performances over five days of competition reflected her incredible talent in the water!

Rachel also competed as a part of a team in several events, taking out 1st place in the U17’s Taplin Relay (1x ski leg, 1x board leg, 1x swim leg), where she competed as the swimmer. This Gold medal was the 1st Gold medal the club has ever won in a water event!

Rachel was also a part of the teams who finished 1st in the U17’s Rescue Tube Rescue, 1st in the Opens Rescue Tube Rescue and 2nd in the U17’s Surf Race team.

Whilst these achievements are impressive, they were topped by Rachel’s win in the U17’s Female Surf Race for which she now holds the title!

The Academy would like to wish Rachel all the best as she heads to Southport, QLD in May in an attempt to gain selection into the Australian Youth Surf Lifesaving Team to compete in the Netherlands this September!

Posted: 27th April 2016