KUCHING – From a simple naive village lass, Pandelela Rinong, 23, has grown remarkably in all aspects, which made her community proud.
At 21, she has earned her reputation internationally as a diver after winning the bronze medal at the London Olympic Games four years ago and since then her life had changed for the better.
“Pandelela has gained her popularity as a star and sports idol, not only in her birth place, Sarawak but throughout the nation.
“She has indeed made the Bidayuhs very proud of her…she has proven to the world that if given the chance as well as proper guidance and training other indigenous individuals can also excel,” said Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) Kuching women branch chairman Nancy Mongin to Bernama here today.
Nancy said that now with her second Olympic medal, a silver, in the Rio Olympic Games, Pandelela’s hard work and endless efforts had paid off.
Together with national woman diver Cheong Jun Hoong, she won Malaysia’s first medal in Rio in the 10m synchronised platform event early today.
“She created history and made Malaysia, particularly the Dayaks proud of her prowess. Her achievements in water sports has become an aspiration and inspiration to our future Bidayuh Olympians.
“We hope and pray that she will continue the legacy and bring home another medal from her next 10m individual event,” added Nancy. – BERNAMA