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About Us

HrdKAW Strength

HrdKAW Strength is co-owned by Australian representative athletes Melissa Wu (diving) and Joshua Wu (weightlifting). We are a strength and skill based gym specialising in Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics, with a focus on impeccable technique and optimal movement patterns. Our programs are individualised and ideal for novice to elite athletes seeking to enhance strength, power development and athletic performance. We offer face-to-face and online coaching.

Melissa is a three time Olympian and Olympic Silver Medallist, and coaches our gymnastics programs. Joshua is a 14 time Australian Representative and Senior Oceania Bronze Medallist, and coaches our Olympic weightlifting programs. As we are both senior Australian athletes who have competed at international level, we offer an approach to sports performance that is based on not only our knowledge as coaches, but also our experience as athletes.

We place great emphasis on our ongoing professional development and regularly attend workshops, seminars and complete courses in order to expand our knowledge base and skill set. We complement this by connecting with other athletes, coaches and professionals to learn about and experience other sports so we can offer the best possible knowledge based service to our athletes.

Our Story

Our Name

In 2014 our lives were changed forever when our precious sister Kirsten took her own life. Our tight knit family was shattered and none of us would ever be the same again. Kirsten was in her 3rd year of Dentistry, she had also competed for Australia as a Junior weightlifter and she was a self-taught baker of amazing creations. There was nothing Kirsten couldn’t do and she was good at everything she did. She had a zest for life that was infectious and her smile lit up the room and our lives. Kirsten was a social butterfly and she made friends wherever she went.

Almost 5 years later, we are still struggling to come to terms with the loss of Kirsten, but what we have learnt is the importance of family and doing what makes you happy. We were both doing uni degrees we hated and knew we would never end up using, so because we both love our sports and both love coaching, we decided to make a career out of the things we love and are good at, and changed our degrees to Exercise and Sports Science…and so our business was born.

Kirsten’s initials are K.A.W, she created HrdKAW and she always told us she would someday have a bakery called HrdKAW Cakes, and number plates with HrdKAW on them. She will never get to realise her dream, but as a family we decided to keep her dream alive, and keep her close to us, and name our business in her honour. It just so happens that it’s a perfect fit for a strength-based gym, so we think it’s meant to be and we love it.

We love you dearly Kirsten and we miss you so much. We hope this means as much to you as it does to us.