Four NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) divers have been selected to represent Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Melissa Wu and Esther Qin, both reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallists, headline a richly-talented squad of 14 divers which also includes NSWIS athletes Sam Fricker and Britt O’Brien.
Melissa emerged as a wunderkind with rare world-class potential in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, where she claimed a silver medal on debut as a 13-year-old. Now Birmingham marks Melissa’s fifth appearance at the Commonwealth Games, the first Australian diver to achieve this milestone.
The Sydneysider went on to claim gold medals at the Delhi 2010 Games in the 10-metre platform synchronised diving and the Gold Coast in 2018 in the 10-metre individual platform event. She has also claimed silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Games, world championships and world cup meetings in a brilliant international career.
Esther, 30, moved to Australia with her family in 2009 and has enjoyed great success at the Commonwealth Games, winning gold and bronze medals at Glasgow and the Gold Coast.
Sam, who is considered a bright light in diving, has inspired a new generation of Australians to fall in love with the sport of diving through his online charisma and down to earth demeanour.
Commonwealth Games Australia Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM believes the compelling international resumes of the diving squad stand them in good stead to excel at Birmingham.
“It has been a short turnaround for many of the team following the Tokyo Olympics, but they have continued to train and work hard towards today’s selection for the Commonwealth Games,” Petria said.
“Australia has been fortunate to enjoy a golden history in diving, and I know these divers will be motivated to add their own names to this incredible legacy for the green and gold.”
Diving Australia CEO David Bell congratulated the 14 selected athletes while acknowledging the depth of talent within the diving squad.
“This team is a great mix of youth and experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can produce in Birmingham. I’d like to particularly acknowledge Melissa Wu being selected for her fifth Commonwealth Games – an amazing achievement,” David said.
“Our divers have enjoyed great success at the Commonwealth Games over the years, and I hope that this team will continue to inspire the next generation, especially as we look forward to welcoming the Games back to Australia in 2026.”
Article courtesy of Diving Australia