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Bradley Woodward’s passion for swimming began when he was a young child – instilled from swimming lessons and school carnivals. Hailing from Shelly Beach in NSW, Woodward has continued to work on skills and was rightly rewarded with a position on the Dolphins team.

In 2017 Brad received one of the five SAHOF Scholarships to support his aspirations for both swimming and surf life saving. The Scholarship turned out to be one of the most integral parts of Woodward’s transition from the Junior Australian swim team in 2016 into his first Australian Open swimming team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The SAHOF Scholarship provided funding which enabled Woodward to compete at his first open international competition in Europe, where he gained invaluable experience and was able to see how some of the best competitors in the world race. Through the Scholarship, Woodward was also privileged by way of a SAHOF Member as a Mentor, Clint Robinson.

Growing up in the junior ranks of Surf lifesaving Woodward idolised Clint and his ability to seamlessly come through in a race, especially when it counted. Clint provided Woodward incredible support and guidance, which allowed him to grow as an athlete and increase his confidence in his own ability. “The SAHOF Scholarship has had such a positive effect on my career and I am so thankful for the support I received during my scholarship and the continued support throughout the past few years.” Brad said about the Program.

The backstroker competed at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and claimed three medals, including gold in the Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay and silver in the Men’s 100m and 200m Backstroke.

Also a talented surf life saver, Woodward won three medals (gold, silver and bronze) at the 2017 World Games in the life saving competition.

2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Australia

  • 4 x 100m Medley Relay – Gold
  • 100m Backstroke – Silver
  • 200m Backstroke – Silver

2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Tokyo Japan

  • 200m Backstroke – 6th
  • 100m Backstroke – 8th

World Championships – Long Course

  • 200m Backstroke – 18th
  • 100m Backstroke – 24th

2017 World Games, Wroclaw Poland

  • 200m Obstacle – Gold
  • 4 x 50m Medley Relay – Silver
  • 50m Manikin Carry – Bronze


Last updated 14/07/2020


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