ON THE WATER: Alyce Wood. Picture: Paddle Australia,
ON THE WATER: Alyce Wood. Picture: Paddle Australia,

Tokyo-bound paddler has great training partner in lean times

CANOE: Tokyo-bound paddler Alyce Wood may not be able to train with her regular crewmates or have access to the usual equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, but she still has a near-perfect training partner in her husband and fellow Olympic kayaker Jordan.

The Sunshine Coast 27-year-old and her partner are keeping relatively fit and active, while there are restrictions on groups and while gyms are closed.

“We’ve been training from home. We’ve got a gym set-up at home, which has been fun,” she said.

“And we live just down the road from a canal, so we can just walk down to the canal and just pop our boats on and not see anyone,

“So, we’re a little training team at the moment and it’s quite refreshing really.

“It’s been really great having Jordan and being able to work with him and ride the emotional rollercoaster with him.

“I think I’m definitely the one gaining more out of the training relationship than him because he’s obviously faster than me, so he gets to push me.”

She said their “makeshift” gym doesn’t consist of much, but it does a good job.

“It’s fun trying to create your own sessions and we both know exactly what we’re working towards. We both come to the party with different ideas.

“I think we’re both thriving in the situation, at the moment.”

Wood is the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation Senior Sports Star of March after winning the national K1 500 title, along with the K2 500 title with fellow Sunshine Coaster Alyssa Bull, at Penrith.

It cemented their Olympic qualification, although the Games have been delayed until next year because of the virus.

Wood, a 2016 Olympian, said that would give them a longer preparation but a superior one to their European rivals.

“With that extra time, we can kind of flip it on its head and use it to our advantage.

“Once we’re allowed to start to get back into training properly, we can really train those team boats really hard and just focus on one angle, rather than having to tick boxes along the way.

“We can just build up to that one end goal of the Olympic Games so that’s definitely an exciting prospect for our team and I can definitely see us coming out on the better end come the Olympics.

“A lot of the other countries in Europe haven’t really raced since August at the world championships … whereas we’ve had a domestic season since.”

She said the Australians were in a “good position” because they’ve raced this year and members of their team were already selected, so if there isn’t any more competition in 2020, they will be in better stead.



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