Melissa Caldecutt

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Name: Melissa Caldecutt

Pursuit: Speed Skating

Melissa is a members of the record breaking Queensland Duke Trophy Relay Team and are members of the Roos Short Track Speed Skating Club in Brisbane. At their recent event, the National Duke Trophy competition, the girls won every relay. Tatiana was also awarded the Len Duke Best & Fairest skater for the second year running. Tatiana and Emma are on the Project 10 squad; aiming to qualify as Australia’s first ladies relay team at the Winter Olympics. Julie and Melissa are also aiming at joining the squad before 2009/2010 World Cup begins. These four young women are currently the No.1 team in Australia.

When did you start? I started when I was around 8 years old and now been skating for 9 years

Career highlight or biggest achievement? Throughout my achievements I have had so many opportunities, some of them were in 2007 and 2008 Australian National Championships, coming first overall in junior division. When racing to my best of my ability taking seconds of my times. The beginning of this year 2009 I had ankle reconstruction, taking me back to the beginning and taking months of skating. Coming back to the ice after 3 months having surgery I came back stronger and better. On the 2nd and 3rd of October 2009 I had Australian National Championships, just being on the ice for 2 months before competing was a little nervous. I came 5th overall in the senior division. One of my biggest achievements from it was taking 8 seconds of my 1500 metre, and only been on the ice for two months from a massive ankle reconstruction. Throughout my achievements I have had so many opportunities, some of them were in 2007 and 2008 Australian National Championships, coming first overall in junior division. When racing to my best of my ability taking seconds of my times. The beginning of this year 2009 I had ankle reconstruction, taking me back to the beginning and taking months of skating. Coming back to the ice after 3 months having surgery I came back stronger and better. On the 2nd and 3rd of October 2009 I had Australian National Championships, just being on the ice for 2 months before competing was a little nervous. I came 5th overall in the senior division. One of my biggest achievements from it was taking 8 seconds of my 1500 metre, and only been on the ice for two months from a massive ankle reconstruction.

What is your dream? One of my dreams is to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia. Were I am strong-minded that I will do the best of my ability, motivated to achieve an Olympic Medal.

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Any other special talents? Skating is my major sport that I focus on but I do enjoy my swimming and water polo. At the moment I am playing water polo and I do swimming. I love water because it’s where I have been brought up and swimming was the first sport I did starting at 2 years old.

Favourite Music? Some of my favourite music (bands and artists) are... All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Morning Light, Michael Jackson, Boys Likes Girls, Chris Brown, Cassie, Pink,Dream Theatre, Escape The Fate, Faker, Forever The Sickest Kids, Making April. They are some of my favourite bands and artists

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How the grant will help you/how will you use the money? I will use this grant to help me purchase new equipment such as new blades, helmet and a cut proof training suit.

Last words: Quote or Motto you live by? Never give up you never know what will come.