Melissa Wu has gone from being the baby of the Australian diving team, to an experienced mentor.
By
Erin Byrnes

3 Jun 2016 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 3 Jun 2016 - 11:25 AM

Cast your mind back 10 years ago. A time when Hollaback Girl was on the radio every 15 minutes, Brokeback Mountain had us all in tears, Amelie Mauresmo was the number one tennis player in the world, and a baby-faced 16 year old diver named Melissa Wu made her debut for Australia at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

 

Once the baby of the Australian diving team, Wu is preparing for her third (!) Olympic Games, and is now one of the squad’s most experienced members.

Wu dominated the 10 metre platform at the Australian National Diving Titles, at the weekend, and with the event serving as a Rio qualification tournament, has officially been selected in the Australian Olympic Team.

“I’m just so excited,” she told Diving Australia. “It means so much to me,”

Wu has embraced her status as mentor to the team.

“I can’t believe I went from being one of the youngest for so long, to being one of the oldest.

“It’s nice though to be able to help the younger ones, and share some of my experiences and help them along the way.”

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