Melissa Wu – SAS Australia
Melissa Wu is the youngest ever Australian diver to compete at an Olympic Games and also the youngest ever Australian diver to medal at an Olympic Games, first Australian platform diver to compete at four consecutive Olympic Games and has placed in the top six at all four Olympic Games.
She struggled with depression and anxiety for most of 2009 and felt she needed a change to a more supportive program, so in 2010 she relocated from Brisbane to the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) program in Sydney.
Despite having to cope with the loss of her sister in 2014, Wu qualified for the 2015 World Championships in 3 events, was named the Australian Diving Team Captain and came away with a Bronze in the mixed synchro event with Domonic Bedggood.
Outside of the pool Melissa co-owns HrdKAW Strength and Weightlifting Club with her brother Josh Wu. HrdKAW is named after their sister Kirsten and is a strength and skill based gym specialising in Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics strength and skill training, and CrossFit gymnastics. Melissa coaches the gymnastics program, presents the education component of the Youth Scholarship program and mentors youth athletes.
She talks to Luke about her time on SAS and life as an Olympian.