Melissa is a 3-time triathlon World Champion, winning Gold at the 2011 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Champs and the 2011 ITU World Long Course Champs. She was the first female in history to become a double World Champ at the 70.3 distance and is the only female to have recorded more than ten sub-4hr10min winning times at that distance. She has amassed a record 30 Half Ironman wins during her career, more than any other female in the sport. She is a 6-time Ironman Champion, winning some of the biggest Ironman races around the globe. She is the only athlete in history to have won 3 different Ironman Regional Championships in a career (Asia-Pac Champs in Melbourne, European Champs in Frankfurt, and North American Champs in Texas). During her win at Texas in 2018 she also set a new IRONMAN World Record of 8hr 31min 5sec. Melissa was ranked by Triathlete Magazine at #13 on their list of the "25 greatest triathletes of all time".
Before Melissa's incredible triathlon career, she had already made a name for herself as a world class elite runner, representing Australia in track and field, cross country, and on the road. She was only 11 when she first found an interest in Athletics, running around the local grass tracks where she grew up. Success quickly followed as she continued through her teenage years, setting State, National and World records as a Junior athlete on the track. During her running career, Melissa has won multiple Australian Championships and set numerous records, she won Gold and the Goodwill Games, Silver at the Commonwealth Games, and 2 team Bronze medals at 2 different World Cross Country Championships, one of only 2 Australian athletes (male or female) to have ever done so.
IRONMAN World Record Holder in 2018
3x World Champion
12x Australian Champion
30x Half Ironman Champion
6x Ironman Champion
Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist