Tiny diver Melissa Wu back in the spotlight after setbacks
THE tiny diver who beat Olympic medal winning team mates for an Australian title at the age of just 14 has taken time out of the spotlight until now.
Eleven years on, Melissa Wu, 25, continues to make a big splash in and out of the water following a string of challenges in both her professional and personal life.
Having quit the sport two years ago following the sudden death of her sister Kirsten, Wu returned to diving last year.
"Yeah definitely, it's really hard to achieve something so big and not be able to share it with someone who is so close to you," Wu told News Corp at the time.
"I know she is always with me and I have her now in a way I didn't before. And yeah I think I get to share this in a different way with her."
Last month Wu made a spectacular return to elite competition in her return from a career-threatening back injury when she won a 10m platform silver in a World Series event in Canada.
It was a stunning comeback for Wu, who after a fifth overall at the Rio Olympics was forced to take a break from the sport on doctors orders.
Because I'm in Canada it's still #1YTG So here's a throwback to all 28kgs of me at my first Commonwealth Games in Melbourne at just 13 years old. It was my first international competition and only my second ever open competition. Big experience for a little girl, and very exciting to come away with a silver medal 🥈and a Commonwealth Sports Award 🏆#commonwealthgames #GC2018 #athlete #diver #diving #australia #throwback #melbourne2006 @commgamesaus @gc2018 @divingaus
"I was really excited to compete at World Series this year and my preparation was going well, but I had a lot of back pain for many months and in January I found out I had two stress fractures in my back," said Wu, who also won bronze with Domonic Bedggood in the mixed platform synchro in Canada.
"The only way to heal my stress fractures was to rest, so I had to take time off training and then slowly rehab to make sure my injury healed properly."
Wu is working towards representing Australia at a fourth Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year.
"I'm excited that Australia will be holding another Commonwealth Games and it would be amazing to represent Australia at a second home Games," said Wu, who competed at the Melbourne Games in 2006.