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Diving World Champs Are On!

12 July 2019

Melissa Wu
Melissa Wu is ready to dive into World Champs at Gwangju.

The biggest aquatic event of the year is here! Athletes from around the world are descending on Gwangju, South Korea to compete against the world's best with the goal of claiming World Championship glory. Kicking off this massive, multi-discipline event today are the divers.

There are 5 Funkita F-Team divers set to compete over the next week: Melissa Wu, Anabelle Smith, Krysta Palmer, Lizzie Cui and Angela Leong, who all have competed at previous World Championships. For Angela this will be her eighth World Champs! The Funkita-sponsored Australian Diving Team have taken a good mix of fresh talent and former World Champs athletes to Gwangju. Over half of the 13-strong team have previously competed at a World Champs event, including Melissa who made her World Champs debut at only 15 years old, which will be a great source of support for those competing in their first major championships.

Melissa has struggled with injuries in the past but is feeling strong going into Gwangju. Speaking to us she said "I've been working hard in the gym and on my physio exercises to prevent injuries and have the best physical preparation possible for World Champs."

Another hurdle for Melissa was a last minute synchro partner change. Plans to compete in the 10m Platform Synchro event with fellow F-Teamer Anabelle were derailed after Anabelle suffered an injury in the lead up to Worlds. At a late stage, Australian diver, Emily Chinnock, was named as Melissa's new synchro partner which has meant intensive training for them both in Australia and at the Australian diving camp in Japan.

We hope all of our diving F-Teamers and the Australia team have an amazing competition and we'll keep you up-to-date with results on our Instagram stories.

Check out the full F-Team diving schedule below:

Melissa Wu (AUS)

14 July

16 July

10m Platform Synchro

10m Platform
Anabelle Smith (AUS) 15 July 3m Springboard Synchro
Krysta Palmer (USA) 15 July 3m Springboard Synchro
Lizzie Cui (NZL)

12 July

15 July

18 July

20 July

1m Springboard

3m Springboard Synchro

3m Springboard

3m Springboard Mixed Synchro

Mun Yee (Angela) Leong (MAS)

13 July

14 July

16 July

10m Platform Mixed Synchro

10m Platform Synchro

Mixed Team Event

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