Jordan Wood made his Olympic debut at the Rio Olympic Games, competing in the K4 1000m and the K2 200m.
In the K4, the crew of Ken Wallace, Jacob Clear, Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood had won their semi-final the day before but were beaten on finals day by a German crew the led throughout. Slovakia and the Czech Republic held off the Australians for the silver and bronze respectively.
In the K2, Wood lined up with fellow debutant Daniel Bowkar. The pair, who had only spent six weeks competing together, had to settle for third in the B-final after finishing sixth in their semi-final.
Wood started paddling at a very young age, growing up by the water with two Olympic kayakers for parents. His late father Steve Wood was in the Australian K4 team that won bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His mother Anna won bronze in the K2 500m for Australia in Atlanta in1996 and placed sixth in the Sydney 2000 Games. Anna is currently coaching the national women’s canoe sprint team.
He had his first taste of Olympic glory at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival where he won gold in the K2 1000 and silver in the K1 1000 and K2 200.