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Bradley WOODWARD
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born05 Jul 1998 in Wyong, AUS
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Construction Management - Australian Catholic University: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming lessons at 10 months old at Mingara Recreation Club in Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I grew up doing swimming lessons. I really enjoyed the sport and started competing in school swimming. The first year I qualified for the state titles. My passion for racing just grew from there."
Club / Team
Mingara Aquatic Swim Club [AUS] / New South Wales Institute of Sport [AUS]:
Name of coach
Adam Kable [personal], AUS
Training Regime
"A typical day in my life is getting to the pool around 06:30. I will do dry land work for about 30 minutes and then train from 07:00-09:00. I'll then head home and have breakfast. For the next five hours or so I will do anything that I need to do and probably have a little nap as well. I'll head back off to the pool at around 14:30 and start either gym or Pilates at 15:00 depending on the day. I'll then train in the pool from 16:30-18:30. I then head home and I'll be in bed by about 21:30. I come from a surf lifesaving background, so I quite often head down to the beach and do some training with my old surf club, Shelly Beach [Central Coast]."
General Interest
Nicknames
Brad (Instagram profile, 16 Jun 2020)
Hobbies
Surfing, watching television. (coastsport.com.au, 05 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (swimming.org.au, 01 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ky Hurst [because he also comes from the Central Coast region of Australia], US swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (swimming.org.au, 01 Sep 2018)
Injuries
In 2019 his training was disrupted by a shoulder injury which also prevented him from competing at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 12 May 2019)

He suffered a broken ankle in 2016 which took three months to heal. (coastsport.com.au, 05 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you're not working hard somewhere, someone else is and when they meet you, they will beat you." (swimming.org.au, 01 Sep 2018)
Other sports
He has represented Australia in life saving and swimming. He won one gold medal and two silver medals in pool swimming at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, and won gold, silver and bronze medals in life saving at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. (coastsport.com.au, 05 Nov 2018; swimming.org.au, 01 Sep 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 25 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mingara.com.au, 15 May 2018)
Other information
CAREER PLANS
Outside of sport he plans to become a physiotherapist. "My life goal is to become a physio so that I can continue to be involved in the sport I love so much." (coastsport.com.au, 05 Nov 2018)

SCHOLARSHIP
In 2017 he received a scholarship from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Part of the scholarship involved mentoring from Hall of Fame member Clint Robinson, a former Olympic and world champion canoe kayak paddler who also competed in life saving. "The opportunity to be mentored by one of the most successful kayakers and [surf] lifesavers in Australian history, Clint Robinson, has been incredible." (sahof.org.au, 01 May 2018)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 1:58.31
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 54.41
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 1:58.42
3 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 25.35
2 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 54.66
1 2019 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:46.77
1 2019 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.55
46 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 51.91
7 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:46.38
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:51.92
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 1:53.09
5 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 24.15
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 51.77
8 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:48.61
8 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:52.81
6 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:52.95