A. Wood Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

As the time grows near for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we turn our attention to the English athletes who will be competing in Japan.

A. Wood Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Abbie Wood, who had to be convinced to try swimming, calls it’surreal’ that she’s about to participate in her first Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old reflects on how her mother pushed her to actively participate in swimming lessons at the Buxton Swimming Club instead of merely spectating.

A. Wood Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Wood, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter breaststroke, recalled, “My sister used to swim at Buxton and I just used to sit there and watch.”

I thought, ‘I don’t want any part of this,’ and so I didn’t. When I was idly passing the time, my Mother Suggested I give it a shot. ”

To improve his game, Wood moved from Buxton to Derventio eXcel, and is now trained by Dave Hemmings at the Loughborough National Centre.

Since she was also on the England squad that competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, she will have previous experience competing in a multi-game competition.

Since then, she has won a gold medal at the European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, 2021, as a member of the record-breaking Women’s 4x100m Freestyle team.

However, Wood is only now beginning to realise the magnitude of being a part of the Olympic system.

There is an element of mystery about swimming at a young age, according to Wood.

“I don’t think my 10-year-old self in Buxton would believe me if I told her that she would be going to the Olympics. Absolutely incredible.

Totally ecstatic

Diane Lee, my first coach, was fantastic. I’m just relieved that I persisted when I did since she obviously saw something.

“I’m ecstatic. Everything seems more genuine now that I’ve been [knitting out]. The previous method just involved writing your name on a sheet of paper.

Not Realising Just how Massive the Games will be, I am Ecstatic.

I’m excited to mingle with everyone and have a good time. I don’t want to put too good of a spin on things, but we’ll see! ”

What Wood would tell a young swimmer who looks up to her is easy to understand and follow.

She encouraged me to “continue with it if I’m loving it.” Anyone can succeed so long as they put in 100% effort and make the most of each session.