Bidayuhs fete Olympic divers Pandelela and Traisy
KUCHING, Aug 23 — The Bidayuh community in Sarawak last night honoured Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg and fellow Olympian Traisy Vivien Tukiet with monetary contributions from the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) and life memberships.
Pandelela, 19, from Kampung Jugan, Bau, near here received RM30,000 while Traisy, 18, from Kampung Seromah, Bau, received RM8,000 at the DBNA Olympian appreciation dinner for the two Bidayuh lasses.
Speaking at the rousing reception, which was steeped in tradition, Pandelela said the journey to become Malaysia’s first woman Olympic medallist, which began for her at the age of nine, had been a “very tough” one.
“In every game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but from the defeat you gain something and try not to be satisfied with your victory by improving and learn something new,” she said,
She said the support shown by everyone, including her community, would spur her to achieve greater heights in the sport.
Pandelela won the bronze medal in the 10-metre platform dive event at the just-concluded 2012 London Summer Olympics.
In congratulating her and Traisy, who secured 22nd place in the same event, State Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said both of them were among the best divers in Malaysia, making them not only the pride of the Bidayuh community but also of the state and the whole nation.
He also commended their parents for giving them relentless and total support and encouragement, as well as for their great sacrifices. — Bernama
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