Q1: Full name:

Melissa Wu

Q2: Nickname:

Mel

Q3: How did you get involved in your sport?

My older sister was a swimmer and when we were young she would race at Sydney Olympic Park all the time.
I loved seeing the divers training there and from the moment I saw diving, I wanted to start.
I started in a club for fun and later got accepted into a high performance junior squad at the AIS in Brisbane, which is where my diving career took off.

Q4: How often do you train a week & when do you get time off during the year?

We train 10 sessions a week, which consists of 5 morning and 5 afternoon sessions and is about 27 hours per week.
We usually get 2 weeks off a year in July when the competition season ends.

Q5: Do you have a special routine or superstition before competing? if yes, what is it?

I’m not at all superstitious when it comes to competition so that I can be as relaxed as possible and ready for anything in any situation.
I don’t really have a specific routine either. I prefer to do things differently sometimes to break up the routine and keep it interesting.

Q6: Favourite sport – outside of your own?

I like watching tennis and AFL occasionally but I don’t get a lot of time to follow other sports outside of diving.

Q7: Do you follow a particular diet?

I just try to maintain a well balanced diet but I’m not too strict on eating particular foods or a particular amount of calories.
I try to include protein in my diet and lots of fruit and vegetables and reduce junk food as much as possible.
I’m a massive sweet tooth though, so sometimes on weekends I like to treat myself.

Q8: Have you overcome serious injury or other set-backs?

I’ve had many injuries throughout my career and at the moment I’m dealing with stress fractures and a disc bulge in my back as well as a wrist injury, which has been difficult to overcome given that I’m a platform diver.
My injuries won’t go away as long as I’m diving and I seem to only be adding to the list as I get older, so it’s a matter of always staying positive and managing injuries the best that I can.

Q9: What about GC2018 excites you?

I’m excited at the possibility of being able to compete at my second Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Melbourne 2006 was my very first international competition and where my diving career really started, so Commonwealth Games has always been special to me and to be able to compete in Australia again with my family watching would mean so much to me!

Q10: One question you get asked too often? (no offence taken, if this survey asks it)

I always get asked if I’m a swimmer, or if they know I’m a diver, they ask if I’m a scuba diver and how you compete in scuba diving haha.

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