Wu back for another shot at glory a decade after debut
IT'S been a decade since Melissa Wu first represented Australia at a world championship event as a fresh-faced 15-year-old.
Now still only 25, she is back in the green and gold leading the Aussie charge in Budapest, Hungary, as part of a 10-strong team contesting the 2017 World Diving Championships, held in conjunction with the swimming titles.
Competing in Melbourne in 2007 the Sydneysider was an instant hit, winning silver in the synchronised 10m platform and finishing 11th in the individual event before following up with silver in the 10m synchro at the Beijiing Olympics the following year.
Wu would be crowned Commonwealth Games champion in 2010 when teaming with Alexandra Croak to win the 10m.
Following up her fifth placing in Rio last year, Wu is in career-best form having dominated at the Australian Open in Sydney in May, and will contest three events in Budapest - the individual, synchro and mixed synchro platform events.
The back injuries that plagued her throughout 2013 are well and truly in the past.
"I'm very excited to be going to another world championships and to be competing in three events," Wu said.
"I'm still loving diving at the moment and I'm really enjoying training and competing.
"I've changed my training up a bit lately to better manage my injuries and introduce a bit more variety and it's given me a fresh outlook on diving and I'm really excited for what this year will bring."
Commonwealth Games champion Domonic Bedggood and Olympic bronze medallist Maddison Keeney will each contest five events in Budapest.
The newcomers are 16-year-old South Australian Matthew Carter (who will partner Kevin Chavez in the 3m synchro), Taneka Kovchenko (who will contest the individual 10m and partner Wu in the 10m synchro) and former elite gymnast Declan Stacey (who will compete individually and also partner Bedggood in 10m synchro).