Melissa Cunningham

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1994 world champion Melissa Cunningham with some young swimmers
Melissa Cunningham is an Australian open water swimmer who was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2013 for her outstanding career. She was the world champion in the 25 km race at the 1994 FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy.

Among her records, she was also a member of the Malta-to-Sicily International Relay Race - Fastest Malta-to-Sicily Relay where the relay swam a total of 93 km from St. Julians Bay in Malta to Marina di Modica in Italy in 1996 in 19 hours 11 minutes together with Shelley Taylor-Smith, Joe Mitchell and Grant Robinson as part of the Australian National Swim Team. She also served as an announcer and administrator at the first Olympic 10km Marathon Swim in Beijing as part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Cunningham is also an ambassador for the McGrath Foundation where she is utilizing her passion and skills in the water to help others via the program, Every Stroke Counts.

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