GORMAN Melissa < Back  
Sport Open Water Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 11 Dec 1985 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.80 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Languages English
Higher education Psychology - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began swimming seriously at age six.
Why this sport? She started swimming to help with her asthma condition.
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Australia
Tournament World Short Course Championships
Location United States
General Interest
Nicknames Mel (corporate.olympics.com.au, 21 Aug 2011)
Most influential person in career Her mother. (swimming.org.au, 01 Sep 2013)
Hero / Idol Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Injuries She had surgery on her right shoulder in August 2013 but the injury, combined with back complaints, continued to cause her problems into early 2015. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 24 May 2015; Twitter profile, 02 Aug 2013; swimvortex.com, 01 Feb 2015)

In 2006 a specialist respiratory consultant discovered that she was operating on just 50% of her lung capacity and adjusted her asthma medication. (hansonsportsmedia.com, 02 Dec 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Anyone can stand tall on the high peaks but it's those who survive the valleys between who will come out on top". (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Awards and honours She was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions in 2014. The Path of Champions recognises the achievements of Australia’s top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)

She was named Swimming Australia's Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2012. (Swimming Australia, 24 Nov 2012)
Other information RETIREMENT
She officially retired from swimming in October 2016. "I am so grateful to everyone who has played a part in my journey and words can't even begin to describe how blessed I feel to have led the life I have." (Instagram profile, 07 Nov 2016)

She has served on the executive committee of the Australian Swimmers Association. (australianswimmers.com.au, 05 Jun 2015)

She had to consider other competitors in her race plan when she first began open water swimming. She enjoys the tactical and mental side of the sport. “I love the unpredictability of it, and that it's not just a physical race – but also a mental one.” (au.lifestyle.yahoo.com, 06 Jul 2012)

In 2015 she completed a graduate diploma in primary education at Griffith University in Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 11 Jan 2016)