Olympic diver Melissa Wu.
Olympic diver Melissa Wu. Jonathan Ng

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."

Going to miss this heat but bring on Japan! ☀️❄️ #beach #weekend #summer #terrigal #centralcoast

A post shared by Melissa Wu (@melissapaigewu) on

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.

"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.

Olympic diver Melissa Wu.
Olympic diver Melissa Wu. Jonathan Ng

"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.

Olympic diver Melissa Wu.
Olympic diver Melissa Wu. Jonathan Ng

"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.

Olympic diver Melissa Wu.
Olympic diver Melissa Wu. Jonathan Ng
News Corp Australia


WOOLOOGA FIRE: 'Five more minutes and my house was gone'

premium_icon WOOLOOGA FIRE: 'Five more minutes and my house was gone'

"About five more minutes and the house would have been gone.”

DAY 2: Bushfire wreaks more destruction on Woolooga

premium_icon DAY 2: Bushfire wreaks more destruction on Woolooga

Locals watched on in horror through Thursday.

FIRE STORM: 'I had 40 acres disappear in 15 seconds'

premium_icon FIRE STORM: 'I had 40 acres disappear in 15 seconds'

Woolooga farmer tells of the terror of the approaching fire

Local Partners