Brett dives into training for Pan Pacific Masters Games
HAVING a mum who was a swim coach and unlimited access to a pool in his backyard every day, it was only natural for Brett Woods to dive in head first and become a competitive swimmer.
Since he was four years old, the Karana Downs resident has spent countless hours in the pool perfecting his two strokes, freestyle and butterfly.
"I swam my first ever race in Ipswich 52 years ago, when I was four years old. I swam the 20 yards freestyle at the pool which was in Limestone Park," he said.
"I was a good local swimmer.
"My mum was a swim coach and our whole backyard was water.
"She taught me good techniques.
"I was even the captain of the Railways Swimming Club for a little while."
Despite a busy work schedule, Mr Woods still manages to fit in early morning training sessions at his swimming club at the University of Queensland campus on his way into the city, where he works.
His determination has seen him compete at many Australian meets, and last year he even travelled over to New Zealand where he came away with four gold medals, one individual silver and one relay silver after swimming in the World Masters games.
This November though, he will be heading to the Gold Coast to compete at his second Pan Pacific Masters Games, and has two very big goals which he would like to achieve.
"I want to win every race and break every record," Mr Woods said.
"I will probably increase my training a little bit so I am fit and healthy for the games.
"I am really looking forward to the games. It's very social and lots of fun."