Sport: Canoe – Sprint
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Highlights: Becoming K1 1000 World Champion in 2017; finishing eighth in the K2 500 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Coach: Anna Wood
Year Born: 1992
State Born: Queensland
Whether it’s a hair tie or nail polish, Alyce Wood (née Burnett) wears a hint of pink to every race. It might be her lucky colour but with the paddler’s selection to a second Australian Olympic Team, Wood also has green and gold on her side.
Growing up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a seven-year-old Wood aspired to be an Ironwoman. She turned to kayaking at the age of 15 to improve her surf ski paddling and fell in love with the sport.
A member of the Maroochydore SLSC, Wood was inspired by the club’s "strong pedigree of ski paddlers and kayakers". A multiple Australian surf lifesaving medallist, Wood continues to compete on the sand and in the surf, but it’s on flat water where the world champion paddler has made her mark.
Wood’s first international success came in 2015 when she and paddle partner Aly Bull combined to win the K2 500 metres at the Under 23 World Championships.
Wood made her Olympic debut in Rio alongside Bull. The young pair won both K2 selection events, defeating their Olympian idol Naomi Flood and her partner Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones in an upset to secure their spot.
At the Rio Games, the duo made the A-Finals of the K2 500m by finishing third in their semi-final. In the final they came eighth and finished in a time of 1min 51.915sec.
Wood won her maiden World Championships title in 2017 in the K1 1000. Between 2018-2019 she nabbed a host of world cup medals including K1 5000 gold at the 2019 Duisburg (GER) World Cup, K4 500 silver at the 2018 Szeged (HUN) World Cup, K1 5000 bronze at the 2018 Duisburg World Cup as well as K1 5000 gold at the 2019 Duisburg World Cup.
At the 2019 World Championships, Wood was part of the K4 500 team with Bull, Robert and Bridget-Jones who secured Australia four quota spots with a seventh place.
Four years after they achieved an upset, Wood and Bull were the favourites leading into Australia’s Tokyo 2020 selection trials. The pair dominated both nomination events winning the K2 500 Australian and Oceania Championships. Proving her strength in the individual event, Wood also claimed K1 500 gold at both events.
Wood is married to fellow kayaker and Olympian Jordan Wood. Paddling is a family affair for Alyce who is coached by her mother-in-law, Olympic medallist Anna Wood.