The Rising Star in Swimming Who Started in the High Peak
The Story of Abbie Wood
We want to celebrate the achievements of Abbie Wood a talented young swimmer from Buxton who is aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2012.
Abbie started her swimming journey in 2003 at our very own Buxton Swimming Pool in High Peaks. Here she built up the fundamentals of swimming by going through our swimming lesson programme. She then progressed to train and compete at the Buxton Swimming Club and then Derventio Excel Swim Squad.
After years of training and developing her skills she was selected to represent Great Britain in 2013 for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Holland. Abbie won 2 golds in the 200m Breaststroke and 400m individual medley, then 2 silvers in the 200m individual medley and the 4x100m Individual Medley. Due to this success, Abbie was selected to be the flag bearer for Team GB at the closing ceremony.
But this was just the start of Abbie’s swimming career. Two years later she went to the European Games in Azerbaijan 2015 where Abbie won gold in the 400m Individual Medley along with bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley, a silver in the mixed 4x100m medley relay and the girls 4x100m medley relay.
In 2016 Abbie made her senior debut in international swimming where she represented Great Britain in the Short Course World Championship 2016 and came 9th in the 400m Individual Medley. And was then selected to swim at the Fina World Championships.
In the present day, she trains at the National Centre in Loughborough on the World Class British Swimming Programme funded by Sports England. And Abbie isn’t slowing down any time soon, as she has been selected to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and hopes to become a podium athlete for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games. Her story is an inspiration for all those wanting to take up swimming, and we know this is only the start of her incredible career.