Emma Woods






2022/2023 SERIES




Name: Emma Woods (Woodsa)
Competitive club: Alexandra Headland SLSC
Original Club: Metropolitan Caloundra SLSC
Best round of 2021/22: Round 3 - 9th
Best series finish: 2020/21 Nutri-Grain Series, 6th
Aussie title(s):  2021 - U19 Ironwoman 2019 - U17 Board, U17 Taplin


Sunshine Coast local Emma Woods started her surf lifesaving career at Metropolitan-Caloundra SLSC in the U8’s, before finding her way north to Alexandra Headland for the U11s. Woodsa made her Nutri-Grain Series debut in 2020/21, and later that season was named the 2021 SLSA National Surf Sport Youth Athlete of the Year. However, it was been a tough journey for her, with Woodsa overcoming appendicitis, a compressed vertebrae and five broken bones in the past three years. Showing her grit and determination, Woodsa has requalified for the 2023/24 Nutri-Grain Series and is ready to finish atop the podium once more.

Emma, how old were you when youstarted surf lifesaving and why?

9 years old, Mum didn’t want us to drown in the ocean.

Who was your hero growing up in and out of surf lifesaving?

Bec Creedy or Corey Jones, they were part of our club.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

“If you crack the shits about someone, then they have already won,” – My coach Jack Hansen and my mum.

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

Never give up.

What do you think about on the starting line?

I remind myself to have fun and to stick to the race plan.

Emma, what has been a high and low in your IronWoman journey?

High: Would be my second year in U19 winning the Aussie Ironwoman, second in the board and third in the swim, requalified in 6th for the Nutri-Grain Series with a 3rd in the first round.

Low: Would be the past two Nutri-Grain Series when I was racing with multiple injuries.

Do you have any secret talents?

Lately it seems like my talent is breaking bones.

Who is your greatest competition in the Series?

Me myself and I. Cause my mentally can be bad.