Melissa Wu (diving) was given the honour of carrying Australia’s flag at the closing ceremony of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in recognition of her fifth Games appearance, a record for an Australian diver. In Birmingham, the queen of Australian diving won gold in the women’s 10m synchronised with Charli Petrov and was 6th in mixed 10m synchronised with Domonic Bedggood. Making her Commonwealth Games debut as a 13-year-old at the Melbourne 2006 Games, Melissa paired with Alexandra Croak to win silver in the 10m synchronised platform. The experience Wu gained in Melbourne was vital to helping her and partner Briony Cole win silver in the same event at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, in the process becoming the youngest Australian ever to win an Olympic medal in diving. Wu broke through at the Delhi 2010 Games, winning gold in the 10m synchronised with Alexandra Croak and silver in the individual 10m platform. She competed at the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016 Olympics before returning to the podium with 10m platform gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Coming from a sporting family, Melissa’s younger brother Joshua is an Australian representative weightlifter and her cousin is two-time Commonwealth Games Rugby 7s medallist James Stannard.
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