Super Shay shining nationally

SHAY WOOD is following in the swim strokes of his family members by making a splash in the pool – and ending up with plenty medals around his neck.

 

SHAY WOOD is following in the swim strokes of his family members by making a splash in the pool – and ending up with plenty medals around his neck.

The Dyke House Academy student, who was one of the fresh intake of Year 7s enrolled on the school’s Elite Development Squad, is one of the most promising swimmers for his age in the country.

The former Eldon Grove primary pupil’s rise up the short course rankings is the result of plenty hard work that he feels has been well worth it.

“I didn’t realise it at the time, but when I look at the rankings, the work I have done has got me there,” said Wood.

“Even if I have been up early almost every day to get where I have got, it has shown to me that hard work pays off.”

Wood has made it into the top five in Britian for the 100m, 200m and 400m front craw. He won the gold at the North East Region Championship in the 400m last year, gained silver in the 200m front and a bronze in the 100m front.

He swims for Aquaforce, where he is guided by Dyke House coach Alison Middleton too, and will be heading to the Northumberland & Durham Championships at the beginning of February.

Team: Alison Middleton with Shay Wood 

Wood said: “I have been improving more and more since I picked up my morning training, and that moved me on a lot.

“I train every day, basically: a Monday night, Tuesday morning, Tuesday night, Wednesday, Thursday night, Friday morning and night and then a Saturday morning. I compete as often as I can too.”

Wood, who lives in Seaton Carew, would love to progress onto the international stage and represent his country at the Olympics one day.

He has the right team behind him too. As well as his coaching and guidance at Dyke House, he is from a sporting family too.

He said: “My family have all swam, which is why I got into it. My great aunty was in the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica in 1966.

“My nana was a national swimmer too. My mam and aunty both swam and got to NER and N&D level. At first me and my grandand used to walk with Jack Ridley’s granddad and it just went from there. I haven’t stopped swimming since.

“The standard of swimmers they have at Dyke House for a secondary school is very high, to have two ranked so high nationally shows that.

“We are being helped along by how good the scheme is here. We get coaching from Alison Middleton, who coaches Aquaforce as well. All our swimmers here are from Aquaforce.

“We also get S and C sessions and that is all really helpful to help with our movement and is designed to help improve us all.”

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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