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Senior National Team

Russell Wood

  • Age 29
  • Height 185.42 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club University of Calgary Swim Club
  • Coach Mike Blondal
  • Hometown Calgary, AB
  • Residence Calgary, AB
  • Event 50 BK, 100 BK, 200 BK

Russell’s Bio

  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Wood swam the backstroke leg for the 4×100-m medley relay, winning a bronze medal with teammates Richard Funk, Santo Condorelli and Yuri Kisil.
  • Individually in Toronto, Wood finished fourth in the 100-m backstroke and eighth in the 200-m backstroke.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Wood finished 31st and 29th in the 50-m and 100-m backstroke.
  • In Kazan, Wood was also part of the seventh-place 4×100-m mixed medley relay that set a Canadian record, alongside Katerine Savard, Richard Funk and Sandrine Mainville.
  • Wood qualified for both the 2015 Pan Am Games and FINA World Championships with a golden sweep of the backstroke events at Team Canada Trials. He broke the Canadian record in the 50-m race, neared it in the 100 and took a third gold in the 200.
  • In 2014 he won all three backstroke events at Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria to earn himself a spot on both the Pan Pacific Championships and Commonwealth Games teams.
  • Wood swam in five finals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He helped Canada’s relays to fourth in the 4×100-m medley and fifth in the 4×100-m freestyle. Individually he came seventh in the 200-m and 50-m backstroke, and eighth in the 100.
  • At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, his top individual finish was 11th in the 100-m backstroke, and he was part of the fifth- place 4×100-m medley relay.
  • Wood qualified for his first FINA World Championships and Summer Universiade in 2013, winning the men’s 200-m backstroke at the team trials in Victoria.
  • At the Summer Universiade in Russia, he missed qualifying for the final by one spot in the 100-m backstroke, placing ninth in the semifinals, and helped Canada to sixth in the 4×100-m medley relay. He finished 21st in the 200-m back at worlds in Barcelona.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @rwood_1994
  • Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings
  • Favourite Book: Lord of the Rings
  • Favourite Superhero: Batman

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