Gavin Woods

Gavin Woods made his Olympic debut at the Sydney 2000 Games, alongside his sister Taryn who won gold in the women’s water polo event. The men’s team finished eighth in Sydney and Woods went on to compete in Athens 2004 placing ninth. Like his father David, who competed in 1972 and 1976, Woods was a dual Olympian. He considered retiring after 2004 but the lure of becoming a triple Olympian was enough to get him to Beijing where they finished eighth.

After the 2008 Games, he committed again to the sport he loved and in 2012 joined a select group of Australian water polo players that have competed at four Olympic Games. At the London Games and after losing three of their first four matches, the Australians knocked off Greece 13-8 to book a spot in the quarter-finals against Serbia. The Aussies took a 7-4 halftime lead before going down 8-11 to the eventual bronze medallists. Whalan finished with eight goals in the competition.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminary Round Group A - 03 Q1: 0-3, Q2: 2-2, Q3: 1-0, Q4: 2-3 ITA 5 - 8 Loss
Preliminary Round Group A - 05 Q1: 2-1, Q2: 2-0, Q3: 2-2, Q4: 1-1 KAZ 7 - 4 Win
Preliminary Round Group A - 07 Q1: 1-2, Q2: 3-3, Q3: 1-4, Q4: 4-4 ESP 9 - 13 Loss
Preliminary Round Group A - 10 Q1: 1-2, Q2: 1-3, Q3: 2-3, Q4: 2-3 CRO 6 - 11 Loss
Preliminary Round Group A - 15 Q1: 3-2, Q2: 5-3, Q3: 3-1, Q4: 2-2 GRE 13 - 8 Win
Quarterfinal Round - 04 Q1: 3-2, Q2: 4-2, Q3: 1-2, Q4: 0-5 SRB 8 - 11 Loss
Semifinal 5th-8th - 04 Q1: 2-4, Q2: 4-2, Q3: 0-1, Q4: 3-3 HUN 9 - 10 Loss
Classification 7th-8th Q1: 3-1, Q2: 2-2, Q3: 3-1, Q4: 2-5 USA 10 - 9 Win
Final Placing 7 / 12

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 4 - AUS v GRE Q1: 5:5, Q2: 4:3, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 1:0 GRE 12-8 Win
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 8 - ESP v AUS Q1: 4:0, Q2: 4:2, Q3: 2:2, Q4: 1:2 ESP 9-8 Loss
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 17 - AUS v CAN Q1: 2:3, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:0 CAN 8-5 Win
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 23 - AUS v HUN Q1: 4:4, Q2: 1:5, Q3: 4:2, Q4: 3:2 HUN 12-13 Loss
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 27 - MNE v AUS Q1: 2:1, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 0:1, Q4: 2:1 MNE 5-5 Draw
Semifinals - Game 36 - AUS v ITA Q1: 4:2, Q2: 1:5, Q3: 4:0, Q4: 1:3, ET1: 0:1, ET2: 3:2, PSO: 4:3 ITA 17-16 Win
Classification 7th-8th - Game 41 - AUS v GRE Q1: 2:3, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:3 GRE 8-9 Loss
Final Placing 8 / 12

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminaries Q1: 1:3, Q2: 0:5, Q3: 1:4, Q4: 1:2 EGY 3-14 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:1, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 0:3, Q4: 1:2 ITA 8-4 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 2:1, Q2: 3:1, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 2:1 ESP 8-4 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 2:2, Q2: 3:2, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 2:3 GRE 10-9 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 1:3, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 1:0, Q4: 2:2 GER 6-6 Draw
Classification 7-12 Q1: 2:2, Q2: 1:4, Q3: 1:3, Q4: 1:1 KAZ 5-10 Win
Classification 7-10 Q1: 2:0 Q2: 1:1, Q3: 2:2, Q4: 1:2 USA 6-5 Loss
Classification 9-10 Q1: 2:0, Q2: 3:4, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 2:2 CRO 8-7 Win
Final Placing 9 / 12

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminaries Q1: 1:2, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 2:1 RUS 4-6 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 2:4, Q2: 3:2, Q3: 4:3, Q4: 2:2 KAZ 11-11 Draw
Preliminaries Q1: 1:4, Q2: 1:3, Q3: 2:3, Q4: 2:1 SVK 6-11 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:0, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 0:2 ITA 5-6 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 0:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 2:2 ESP 7-7 Draw
Quarter Final Q1: 1:2, Q2: 0:2, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 1:1 YUG 3-7 Loss
Classification 5-8 Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 2:0 ITA 8-4 Loss
Classification 7-8 Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 4:2, Q4: 2:2 CRO 10-8 Loss
Final Placing 8 / 12