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Melissa GORMAN
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born11 Dec 1985 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.80 m
Weight 68 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Higher education
Psychology - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming seriously at age six.
Why this sport?
She started swimming to help with her asthma condition.
International Debut
Competing for
World Short Course Championships
United States
General Interest
Mel (corporate.olympics.com.au, 21 Aug 2011)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (swimming.org.au, 01 Sep 2013)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
She had surgery on her right shoulder in August 2013 but the injury, combined with back complaints, continued to cause her problems into early 2015. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 24 May 2015; Twitter profile, 02 Aug 2013; swimvortex.com, 01 Feb 2015)

In 2006 a specialist respiratory consultant discovered that she was operating on just 50% of her lung capacity and adjusted her asthma medication. (hansonsportsmedia.com, 02 Dec 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anyone can stand tall on the high peaks but it's those who survive the valleys between who will come out on top". (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Awards and honours
She was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions in 2014. The Path of Champions recognises the achievements of Australia’s top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)

She was named Swimming Australia's Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2012. (Swimming Australia, 24 Nov 2012)
Other information
She officially retired from swimming in October 2016. "I am so grateful to everyone who has played a part in my journey and words can't even begin to describe how blessed I feel to have led the life I have." (Instagram profile, 07 Nov 2016)

She has served on the executive committee of the Australian Swimmers Association. (australianswimmers.com.au, 05 Jun 2015)

She had to consider other competitors in her race plan when she first began open water swimming. She enjoys the tactical and mental side of the sport. “I love the unpredictability of it, and that it's not just a physical race – but also a mental one.” (au.lifestyle.yahoo.com, 06 Jul 2012)

In 2015 she completed a graduate diploma in primary education at Griffith University in Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 11 Jan 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:32.34
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1500m Freestyle 16:05.98
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:30.00
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:36.37
7 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 16:09.66
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2006 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:09.59
9 2006 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:31.64
3 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 800m Freestyle 8:25.38
9 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Freestyle 4:12.44
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2005/2006 Sydney, NSW, AUS 800m Freestyle 8:27.75
3 2003/2004 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 800m Freestyle 8:36.98
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 59:12.7
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 56:07.4
20 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:30.9
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 54:16.1
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:12.0
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 57:01.8
1 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 56:55.8
29 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:02:16.0
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
29 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:51:37.02
8 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:32.6
9 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:28.84
16 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:55.5
Oceania Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2012   10km 2:01:46.00
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2010 Irvine, CA, USA 10km 2:00:56.57