NSWIS Triple Threat named in Australia’s Olympic diving team

Posted on June 15, 2021 by

Three NSWIS athletes have been named as part of the seven divers selected onto the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.

Announced on Tuesday by the Australian Olympic Committee in Sydney, Melissa Wu, Esther Qin, and Sam Fricker will make up a significant portion of the Olympic diving team.

While Sam will make his debut and Esther returns for a second Games, Melissa willvbecome just the third Australian diver to compete at four Olympics, joining Jenny Donnet and Loudy Tourky-Wiggins as Australia’s only 4-time Olympic divers

The Beijing silver medallist and three-time world championship medallist secured her nomination with a dominant win in the women’s 10m trials event last week and was ecstatic to be on the team.

“The road to Tokyo has certainly been a long one, and now that we are at the pointy end of the journey I just can’t wait to get on the platform and put forward my very best,” Wu said.

“Being my fourth Games, I think I have a good understanding of how to manage my emotions and expectations, and more than anything else just understand what to expect at an Olympic competition. Although Tokyo will no doubt look and feel different to Beijing, London, and Rio, when I step out onto the platform it will be just like any other competition.

“It’s been a really challenging last few months managing injuries, but I’m at a point now that my diving is consistent and I feel comfortable competing every single dive in my list.”

The seven divers selected won their nomination, beating out their competition at the Diving Australia trials in Sydney to secure their ticket to Tokyo.

Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team Ian Chesterman welcomed the athletes to the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.

“Congratulations to all seven divers named to the Australian Olympic Team today,” Mr Chesterman said.

“This group of athletes have faced some difficult challenges and have shown incredible determination and perseverance to achieve their Olympic selection.

“I want to make particular mention of Melissa Wu – making a single Games is a special achievement but to make four Games is a rare accomplishment and a fantastic recognition of a career dedicated to excellence.

Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo – Diving

Melissa Wu (NSWIS) – 10m platform
Sam Fricker (NSWIS) – 10m platform
Esther Qin (NSWIS) – 3m spring
Nikita Hains – 10m platform
Shixin Li – 3m spring
Cassiel Rousseau – 10m platform
Anabelle Smith – 3m spring

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