Sport for Women

Melissa Wu

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Diving
Location: Australia

The 16-year-old Melissa Wu was a seasoned international competitor when she arrived at Beijing 2008. She competed at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games at just 13 years of age. In the synchronised platform diving, Wu combined with Briony Cole to win the silver medal behind Ruolin Chen and Xin Wang from the all-conquering team of Chinese women divers. This was Australia's best ever result in synchronised diving.


Melissa Wu on Twitter

Top 100 Sportswomen Nomination

Melissa was just 13 when she competed at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal.

By age 16 Melissa had won medals in every major open international competition including: Commonwealth Games, World Cup, World Championships, World S

- Debbi Rosee

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Commonwealth Games gold (synchro) and silver (individual) in Delhi, Olympic Games silver (synchro) in Beijing

Greatest achievement off the field: Winning the Young Sports Performer of the Year Award in 2008, which was based on public votes.

Who is your sporting heroine? I don’t have one sporting heroine in particular. I admire many female athletes who have been successful and made a difference to women’s sport in Australia.

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? I train 11 times per week, 5 hours each day.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I don’t have a specific diet. I eat healthy food so that I can get through the amount of training that I have to. I do love a bit of chocolate too though!

What do you love about your sport? It’s fun and challenging. I love the feeling of nailing a dive.

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? No outdoor diving. I like indoor pools!

What motivates you? The drive to give my best performance and to dive to the best of my ability motivates me everyday.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I do not work but am currently studying media and communications. I hope to pursue a career in media after diving.

Three words that describe you: Small, tough, committed.

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Follow your dreams and do what you love. If you set your mind to something, anything is possible.

Melissa Wu in the News

Melissa Wu Supports Sport for Women Day