Little Wu making big headlines in diving
She's 13 years old, 28 kilograms wringing wet and at 1.35 metres the tiniest and youngest member of Australia's Commonwealth Games team.Updated: Mar 16, 2006 19:02 IST
She's 13 years old, 28 kilograms wringing wet and at 1.35 metres the tiniest and youngest member of Australia's Commonwealth Games team.
Waif-like diver Melissa Wu stands slightly above stomach level for an average size adult and was absolutely dwarfed by Australia's champion women's basketballer Lauren Jackson when the pair were photographed together ahead of the Games.
Wu stunned Australia's Olympic champion Chantelle Newbery and bronze medallist Loudy Tourky when she won the national 10m platform title at the Games trials last month.
Confident in her precocious abilities, Wu wants to be accepted like any other member of the Australia's team, even though she looks like the younger sister of most of her diving teammates.
"I want to be treated like any other athlete," she said Wednesday ahead of the diving competition, which gets under way on March 22.
"I'm really proud of myself and I can't wait."
Wu will be the youngest Australian competitor at a Commonwealth Games since swimmer Dimity Douglas at the 1982 Brisbane Games.
Head coach Hui Tong believes the Australian team has a good chance of winning plenty of medals, but expects tough competition from Canada and England.
Tong, a former member of China's team which won gold in the platform event at the 1985 and 1987 FINA World Cup, has been concentrating on the basics of technique with the divers in the final weeks leading up to the Melbourne Games.
"We're always looking for the high quality entry and consistent take-offs," Tong said.
"Consistent take-offs go through to the entry by giving more confidence to finish the dive."
First Published: Mar 16, 2006 19:02 IST