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|Full name||Melissa Paige Wu|
3 May 1992 |
|Event(s)||10m platform, 10m synchro|
|Club||Perfect 10 Diving Club /NSWIS|
|Former partner(s)||Briony Cole|
Melissa Paige Wu (born 3 May 1992 in Sydney, NSW) is an Australian diver and silver medal winner at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
Wu began diving in 2003. After winning a number of junior and state titles in 2004 and 2005, she won the 10 metre platform at the Australian Open Diving Championships in 2006, finishing ahead of Olympic medallists Chantelle Newbery and Loudy Tourky. The win earned her a place on the Commonwealth Games team, where she won a silver medal on the synchronised 10 metre platform with Alexandra Croak and finished fifth in the individual 10 metre platform. In 2007, she defended the 10 metre platform title at the Australian Open. She was selected for the World Championships, where she won silver in the synchronised 10 metre platform and finished 11th in the individual event.
In 2008, along with Briony Cole, Wu won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for the synchronized 10 metre platform, becoming the youngest Australian ever in history to win an Olympic medal in diving. She also competed in the women's 10 metre platform, making it into the finals, ending up ranked sixth out of twelve competitors. At age 16 she medalled in every major international diving competition. In 2010 at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Wu won a gold medal in the synchronised 10 metre platform with her partner Alexandra Croak and a silver medal in the women's 10 metre individual.
Country music singer John Williamson wrote and recorded a song about Wu called "Little Swallow, Baby Wu" during the sessions for his "Hillbilly Road" album. The song has yet to see an official release.
Wu lives in Sydney. Her mother is English-Australian and her father is of Chinese descent. She is the cousin of Australian Rugby 7's player James Stannard and the second cousin of Australian hurdler Jana Rawlinson. Wu attended Coverdale Christian School for her primary education and attended Christian Outreach College Brisbane until 2008. At the end of grade 9, Wu took on home schooling via the Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE). She is currently completing a Bachelor of Media at Macquarie University, Sydney.
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