Melissa made her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016. She won bronze in dramatic style in the women's PT5 event alongside guide Nicole Walters after overtaking their American rivals in the closing metres of the race.
Melissa was born in Nottinghamshire and moved to Cornwall when she was ten. She first started triathlon through her dad, having previously taken part in surfing, swimming and surf live-saving. Her swimming background makes her one of the strongest swimmers in the PT5 class for visually impaired athletes.
Melissa is a member of Gyllngvase club and also works as a swimming teacher. She was first selected for the British Triathlon Para-triathlon squad in 2012 having finished second at the 2011 ITU World Championship Series in London.
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