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Melissa WU
Sport Diving
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born03 May 1992 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.52 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce - Macquarie University: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age 10 at Parramatta Diving Club in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
"My older sister used to swim. When I was younger and she'd have carnivals, I'd go and watch the divers at the other end of the pool and wanted to join them."
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS]: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Chava Sobrino [club], MEX
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Woodles, Mel (sportforwomenday.com.au, 10 Mar 2011; QAS, 12 Apr 2006)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, and at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (limitlesspursuits.com, 04 Jun 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (gc2018.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (tennis.com.au, 12 Jul 2020)
Injuries
She was affected by a shoulder injury in late 2019 and early 2020. (exclusiveinsight.com, 08 Jul 2020)

She received a discretionary selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, after missing the trials with a neck injury. She also carried a disc bulge in her back into the Games. (couriermail.com.au, 12 Apr 2018)

In early 2017 she sustained two stress fractures and a wrist injury. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 06 Dec 2017; commonwealthgames.com.au, 14 Nov 2017)

She took time off in 2013 to deal with a back injury. (theage.com.au, 12 Dec 2013; diving.asn.au, 25 Oct 2013)

Her 2011 season was affected by a combination of injuries, which included problems with her hip, back and wrist. (heraldsun.com.au, 17 Jul 2011)

She suffered a supracondylar fracture to the humerus bone in her left arm and nerve damage while dry-land training on a trampoline in 2003. She was unable to dive for six months. (diving.asn.au, 01 Aug 2008; NOC, 27 May 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Strong minds suffer without complaining, weak minds complain without suffering." (Hanson Sports Media, 08 Feb 2007)
Awards and honours
She was named 2020 Western Sydney Sporting Woman of the Year in Australia. (abc.net.au, 21 Sep 2020)

She was named the 2010 New South Wales Young Athlete of the Year in Australia. (mq.edu.au, 01 May 2012)

She was named the 2008 Young Sports Performer of the Year by Fairfax Media. (theage.com.au, 26 Nov 2008)

She received the Outstanding Young Achiever award at the 2006 Commonwealth Sports Awards. (ESP Talent Profile, 17 Jan 2007)

She was named Australian Junior Diver of the Year for 2005. (COC Australia, 2006)
Milestones
At age 16 years and 101 days she became the youngest Australian diver to win an Olympic medal when she claimed silver in the 10m synchronised platform at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 May 2019)
Famous relatives
Her younger brother Joshua has represented Australia in weightlifting. He won silver in the 77kg clean and jerk at the 2018 Oceania Championships in New Caledonia. Her younger sister Madeline won bronze in the 69kg snatch at the same championships. Australian 400m runner Jana Pittman is her second-cousin, while Australian rugby union player James Stannard is her first-cousin. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 May 2019; olympics.com.au, 17 Jan 2013, 27 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (gc2018.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Other information
EARLY NIGHTS
She was advised to start going to bed earlier when the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] worked with athletes on their physical and mental wellbeing in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She said the change had a positive effect on her. "The biggest thing for me was sleep. I knew I had an issue with not sleeping enough. But having the tests and speaking to people, it forced me to take it more seriously and I'm in bed at 21:30 now. When you get up so early in the morning to go to training you really have to protect the hours you sleep. So I've had to be harsh on my bed time. That's made a huge difference for me. Probably with injuries, but mentally as well." (canberratimes.com.au, 28 Aug 2019)

BUSINESS OWNER
She is the co-owner of HrdKAW Strength Weightlifting Club in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Her business partner is her brother, international weightlifter Joshua Wu. She also owns the Sydney-based activewear label Havok Athletic. "There's no perfect time to start a business, you may as well just do it now. If you have an idea or desire to start something that keeps eating away at you, then just start working towards it." (Instagram profile, 31 Dec 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2021; au.godaddy.com, 29 Jun 2021; littlegymshop.com.au, 07 Apr 2020; hrdkawstrength.com.au, 01 Jan 2019)

COACHING
She has worked as a coach at the New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS] in Australia. In 2021 she and fellow Australian diver Kevin Chavez established the Australian Diving Academy in Sydney. "It's important to me to give back to diving and do what I can to help the next generation of divers coming through to be their best and get the best results possible." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2021; diving.org.au, 15 Jul 2021; au.godaddy.com, 29 Jun 2021; limitlesspursuits.com, 04 Jun 2018)

FAMILY TRAGEDY
She considered quitting diving after her sister Kirsten took her own life in 2014. "I had to take some time off and just spend that time with my family. It was really difficult, and still is, obviously. When really tough things happen, sometimes you don't know where to start or how to even deal with life. As I worked through things with my family it was clear that diving is a big part of my life. I know that [Kirsten] was really passionate about sport, so to have her watching over me as I compete it gives me an inner strength." (olympics.com, 07 Jun 2021; abc.net.au, 28 Oct 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform 371.40 
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 368.30
4 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform 358.10
6 2008 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 338.15
2 2008 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 335.16
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 274.68
9 2022 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 243.12
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform 360.20
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform Synchro 277.44
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 370.20
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 308.10
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 306.30
Final 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Event 325.35
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 364.20 
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 308.22 
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 302.22
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 325.92
11 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform 329.75
5 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 320.58
11 2007 Melbourne, AUS 10m Platform 282.15
2 2007 Melbourne, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 324.00
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Calgary, AB, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 292.80
3 2019 Calgary, AB, CAN 10m Platform 332.90
1 2019 Mission Viejo, CA, USA 10m Platform 355.80
2 2019 Mission Viejo, CA, USA 10m Platform Synchro 290.64
3 2017 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 301.56
3 2017 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 262.02
1 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 300.24
6 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform 290.10
3 2014   10m Platform  
6 2014 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform 309.90
2 2014 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 298.20
4 2014 Madrid, ESP 10m Platform 318.35
2 2014 Madrid, ESP 10m Platform Synchro 292.44
7 2014 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 321.05
2 2014 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 297.84
1 2014 San Juan, PUR 10m Platform 370.70
3 2014 San Juan, PUR 10m Platform Synchro 291.54
3 2012   10m Platform  
5 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 327.50
3 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 360.85
4 2011 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 293.16
5 2010   10m Platform 333.30
3 2010   10m Platform Synchro 315.96
3 2010 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 366.75
3 2010 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 327.12
3 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 357.00
4 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 300.84
1 2009 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 335.28
4 2008   10m Platform  
14 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 286.45
2 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 325.80
1 2008 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform 399.25
2 2008 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 351.96
2 2008 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 381.60
4 2008 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 317.70
4 2007   10m Platform  
2 2007 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 316.20
3 2007 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform 367.05
4 2007 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 302.46
3 2007 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 352.50
4 2007 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 296.82
3 2007 Zhuhai, CHN 10m Platform 429.85
3 2007 Zhuhai, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 321.18
2 2006 Rome, ITA 10m Platform 392.95
2 2006 Rome, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 278.58
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018   10m Platform  
5 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 331.20
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 299.46
6 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform 353.00
5 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 294.84
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 351.80
4 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 296.94
10 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 310.60
6 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 271.74
10 2017   10m Platform  
3 2017 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 314.34
2 2017 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 384.00
3 2017 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 314.04
5 2016   10m Platform  
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 342.10
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 382.60
12 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 292.80
2 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 330.84
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 330.10
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 316.14
11 2015   10m Platform  
11 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 283.60
4 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 302.10
6 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 353.90
4 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 312.72
7 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform 353.20
5 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 294.90
4 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 301.14
4 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 335.80
5 2013 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 305.55
3 2011 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 331.50
3 2011 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform 392.25
6 2011 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform 286.35
3 2011 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 307.92
3 2011 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 325.26
3 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 296.70
2 2009   10m Platform  
1 2009   10m Platform Synchro  
5 2009 Changzhou, CHN 10m Platform 326.00
2 2009 Changzhou, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 347.34
5 2009 Doha, QAT 10m Platform 354.95
3 2009 Doha, QAT 10m Platform Synchro 317.58
5 2009 Mexico City, MEX 10m Platform 306.15
2 2009 Mexico City, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 321.90
6 2009 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform 298.25
3 2009 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 315.54
6 2007 Mexico City, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 298.50
6 2007 Mexico City, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 298.50
2 2007 Nanjing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 340.56
2 2007 Nanjing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 340.56
3 2007 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 309.54
3 2007 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 309.54