One of NuroKor’s latest ambassadors, Melissa Wu is an Olympian of true determination and grit. As she prepares to compete in her fourth, yes that’s right fourth, Olympic Games in Tokyo we can’t help but admire the accolades that have come before this special moment too, which include two silver Olympic medals and four Commonwealth Games medals. This Olympian is also an astute businesswoman running not one, but three amazing businesses when she’s not training. Here Melissa tells us more about herself and why using NuroKor is helping her training.
How did you get into diving and why do you love the sport?
My older sister was a very good swimmer when she was younger, so we used to spend a lot of time at Sydney Olympic Park watching her race . Whenever I was there I'd love watching the divers train and was fascinated by the sport. Every time I watched them dive I dreamed of trying the sport myself. Ever since I started I've always loved how much fun diving is. It can sometimes be quite scary learning new dives or doing dives that are challenging, but the feeling of adrenaline running through your veins and the thrill of overcoming your fears is hard to beat.
What does your typical day look like?
A typical day for me involves two diving sessions - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. My morning sessions last about 2 hours and are either in the gym doing weights or in dryland doing somersaults on trampolines and onto crash mats. My afternoon sessions are about 3 hours long and are spent in the pool training lots of dive repetitions. Outside of training my week usually involves coaching the NSW Institute of Sport Diving Target Squad, coaching as part of my business Australian Diving Academy and working on my activewear label Havok Athletic.
How does your training change leading into a big competition like the Olympics?
My training is actually pretty much the same all year round in terms of the sessions we do each week. During competition season and leading into big events, the type of training we do becomes more intense and we mostly train repetitions of our competition dives.
What is your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was winning an Olympic silver medal at the age of 16. It will always be a really special moment to me.
If you weren't an athlete what would you be?
I've always been a very active person so if I wasn't an athlete, I'm sure I would always be involved in sport one way or another.
What injuries have you had and how did/ do they affect you?
I've had a number of injuries throughout my career including disc protrusions in my neck, stress fractures in my back as well as injuries to my shoulder, knee and wrist. Over the years I've learnt how to manage my injuries to minimise the time I need to take out of training to recover. I've also learnt how to cope better with injuries psychologically. This involves staying positive, especially when any doubts or negative emotions start to creep in.
How does NuroKor help your training practices?
NuroKor has been a huge help to my training, especially for accelerating muscle recovery and reducing my pain and muscle soreness. NuroKor works really well for me because I can use it at home anytime. I'm always very busy, so fitting recovery into my schedule can sometimes be challenging. Having NuroKor means that I can use it while I do work, allowing me to easily multi-task and not sacrifice any recovery time.
Where do you use your NuroKor devices and accessories?
I usually use NuroKor at home after I've finished my day of training. I also take it with me when I travel for competitions.
What's next for you?
My goal was to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which I am proud to say I achieved recently, so now my focus is on medalling at the games.
Interesting Facts About Melissa:
- Youngest ever Australian diver to compete at an Olympic Games and also the youngest ever Australian diver to medal at an Olympic Games.
- Medalled at every major international competition by the age of 16.
- In 2006, during the Commonwealth Games, John Williamson wrote a song about Wu called "Little Swallow, Baby Wu".
You can follow Melissa’s incredible journey via Instagram