Olympic diver Melissa Wu will not let size stand in her way
Olympian Melissa Wu reeks of determination in an all-new sneak peek of the upcoming season of SAS Australia, starting this month on Channel 7 and 7plus.
I am the person that won’t give upMelissa Wu
Says the four-time Olympic Games and four-time Commonwealth Games athlete.
At just over five feet tall (153 centimetres), Melissa has enjoyed success in her 19-year diving career, including Olympic Silver, Olympic Bronze, Commonwealth Gold and Commonwealth Silver medals.
But in distressing scenes, it seems Melissa may have met her match on the SAS course, as she’s seen slamming head first into the ground while exiting a gassing drill, with Chief Instructor Ant Middleton calling for medical assistance.
I may not be the tallest or the strongest.Melissa Wu
But what matters is that you keep bouncing back.
Melissa is one of 17 Aussie celebrities embarking on a life-changing experience – a gruelling series of physical and psychological tests from the rest SAS selection process.
These Aussie celebrities will be cut off from the outside world at a brand-new base in unforgiving jungle terrain, bordered by wild seas, dramatic cliff faces and rugged rocky outcrops.
There, they will eat, sleep and train together in punishing conditions, with no allowances or exceptions made for their celebrity status or gender.
Guiding recruits through the most gruelling course yet is Ant Middleton and returning DS Ollie Ollerton, joined for the first time by retired US Navy SEAL Clint Emerson and former British Special Forces soldier Dean Stott. The DS will push the celebrities beyond their limits, subjecting them to extreme physical endurance, sleep deprivation, interrogation and psychological testing. Some recruits will reach breaking point and withdraw. Who will have the mental strength to tough it out to the end?
The star recruits attempting to pass selection on the new season of SAS Australia are:
- Anna Heinrich, 34 – TV Personality
- Barry Hall, 44 – AFL Great
- Darius Boyd, 34 – Retired NRL Star
- Ebanie Bridges, 35 – Champion Boxer
- Ellia Green, 28 – Rugby Superstar
- Geoff Huegill, 42 – Olympic Swimming Legend
- Locky Gilbert, 32 – Reality TV Star
- Melissa Tkautz, 47 – Singer / Actor
- Melissa Wu, 29 – Olympic Diver
- Michael Zerafa, 29 – Professional Boxer
- Millie Boyle, 23 – NRLW Player
- Orpheus Pledger, 28 – Actor
- Pauly Fenech, 51 – Comedian
- Riana Crehan, 34 – Motorsports Presenter
- Richard Buttrose, 49 – Convicted Drug Dealer
- Simone Holtznagel, 28 – Model
- Wayne Carey, 50 – AFL Commentator