Surfers paddled out beyond the breaking waves at Esperance to farewell 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer, who was killed in a shark attack on April 17. The service, on April 24, coincided with another memorial at Singleton, attended by her family. Local photographer Jaimen Hudson recorded aerial footage of a tribute to Brouwer in which surfers sat together on their boards as wreaths floated by. The teenager was killed by a shark while surfing with her father at Kelp Beds near Esperance. Credit: Facebook/Jaimen Hudson via Storyful
TRIPLE Olympian Melissa Wu has made a mighty splash in her return from a career-threatening back injury, winning a 10m platform silver in a World Series event in Canada.
It was a stunning comeback for Wu, who after a fifth overall at the Rio Olympics was forced to take a break from the sport on doctors orders.
“I was really excited to compete at World Series this year and my preparation was going well, but I had a lot of back pain for many months and in January I found out I had two stress fractures in my back,” said Wu, who also won bronze with Domonic Bedggood in the mixed platform synchro in Canada.
“The only way to heal my stress fractures was to rest, so I had to take time off training and then slowly rehab to make sure my injury healed properly.”
At the World Cup meet, Wu finished just behind China’s Olympic silver medallist Yajie Si in Canada but ahead of Olympic gold medallist Qian Ren after picking up two perfect 10s with her third dive.
“Before my event I was training well, but I hadn’t had very much preparation before these World Series events,” she said.
“We were lucky enough to have a training camp in Montreal last week and that was a huge help for my preparation. I was able to build up some strength and the camp was really beneficial before coming to Windsor for competition.”
Wu is working towards representing Australia at a fourth Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year.
“I’m excited that Australia will be holding another Commonwealth Games and it would be amazing to represent Australia at a second home Games,” said Wu, who competed at the Melbourne Games in 2006.
Wu’s teammate Maddison Keeney also picked up two bronze medals in Canada in the 3m springboard and with teammate Kevin Chavez in the mixed springboard synchro.
Esther Qin and Anabelle Smith won bronze in the women’s springboard synchro.
Originally published as Wu’s dazzling display