Melissa Gorman is one of the golden girls of the Australian Swim Team… At 25 years of age, the distance swimmer from Brisbane has what it takes to win Australia’s first Olympic Medal in Open Water Swimming!
Check out all the latest news and media coverage of Melissa’s training and competitions as she prepares for the London 2012 Olympics and upcoming National Titles.
Melissa burst onto the scene in 2006 winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 800m Freestyle and has since represented Australia on 17 occasions.
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ABOUT MELISSA GORMAN
A valuable member of the Australian Swim Team since 2006, Melissa has numerous accolades to her name. She burst onto the scene in 2006 winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 800m Freestyle. Her focus is now on the 2012 London Olympics.
Melissa Gorman is one of the stars of the Australian Swimming Team – In a decade where Swimming in Australia has been dominated by stand out female performances, Melissa has continued to make her mark on the international stage being awarded Australian Open Water Swimmer of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.
A valuable member of the Australian Swim Team since 2006, Melissa has numerous accolades to her name. She burst onto the scene in 2006 winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 800m Freestyle. Since then she has gone from strength to strength, selected as Australia’s first and only female Olympic representative in the 10km Open Water Swimming event at the Beijing Olympic Games. Placing a respectable 15th in her Olympic Games debut, Melissa gained valuable international experience. The following year, at the 2009 World Open Water Swimming championships she swum the race of her life to win the 5km World Championship, defeating Larisa Ilchenko, the reigning world champion, undefeated in the event since 2004.
Fresh from her Open Water victory, Melissa joined the World Championship pool team where she was a finalist in the 1500m Freestyle.
In 2010 Melissa has again impressed on the World Stage winning Bronze in the 10km Open Water Swimming event at the World Championships in Canada, Gold in the 1500m Freestyle and Bronze in the 10km Open Water at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine California, and Bronze in the 800m Freestyle at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
She has done what even Grant Hackett was unable to do – successfully representing Australia in both Pool and Open Water Swimming events at the Olympic Games and World Championships.
A specialist athlete in the 5 and 10km Open Water events and 800 and 1500m Freestyle events, Melissa trains under the experienced guidance of one of Australia’s top swimming coaches, Ken Wood, at the Redcliffe City High Performance Centre.
Australian Representative Honours…
- Fran Crippen Safe Swim, Fort Lauderdale, USA 2011
- World Open Water Swimming Championships, Shanghai CHINA 2011
- World Swimming Championships, Shanghai, CHINA 2011
- Olympic Test Event, London ENGLAND 2011
- Commonwealth Games, Delhi, INDIA 2010
- Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Irvine USA 2010
- World Open Water Championships, CANADA 2010
- Ocean Swimming World Championships, SOUTH AFRICA 2010
- World Swimming Championships, Rome, ITALY 2009
- Olympic Games, Beijing, CHINA 2008
- Good luck Beijing Test Event, Beijing, CHINA 2008
- World Open Water Championships, Seville, SPAIN 2008
- Pan Pacific Championships, Victoria, CANADA 2006
- World Short Course Championships, Shanghai, CHINA 2006
- Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, AUS 2006
- World Short Course Championships, Indianapolis, USA 2004
- Youth Olympics, Sydney, AUS 2003
Goals and Aspirations…
- To place in the top two at the Australian Championships for the 800m Freestyle
- To gain selection onto the Australian Olympic Team for London 2012
- To medal in the 10km Open Water at the London Olympics in 2012
- To continue to dominate the Australian Ocean Swimming circuit
- To continue to enjoy swimming and training to do everything possible to achieve my dreams of Olympic Gold.
- To work with sponsorship partners to develop a mutually beneficial relationship leading up to London 2012 and into the future
Australian Open Water Championships, Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Perth
15th – 22nd March
Australian Swimming Championships, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, South Australia
Evans Heads Ocean Swim, NSW
21st – 23rd June
Australian Team Camp and Grand Prix Meet, Canberra
14th – 25th July
Australian Open Water Team Training Camp, Switzerland
26th July – 14th August
Olympic Games, London (Womens 10klm Open Water Olympic Marathon Swim, Hyde Park)
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Nerang, Queensland, 4211, AUSTRALIA
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Ashgrove, Queensland, 4060, AUSTRALIA
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Burleigh, Queensland, 4220, AUSTRALIA