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September 14, 2012


London Olympics diving bronze medalist, Pandelela Rinong, has been awarded the National Press Club (NPC) - Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year award.

Pandelela was presented the award by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, who was accompanied by Puan Sri Datin Seri Utama Zaleha Ismail, director of the Naza Group, at the NPC Awards 2012 on Sept 12.

Pandelela created history in July when she became the first Malaysian female athlete to win a medal at the summer Olympics when she won a bronze in the women’s 10-metre individual platform diving event.

Her bronze medal was also Malaysia’s first-ever medal in a sport other than badminton.

"It is important for us to recognize and celebrate Pandelela’s achievements at the London Olympics. Her achievements were no easy feat and she proved that Malaysians can compete with the world's best at the highest level.

“Moreover, she reminded us that with hard work, passion and determination, anything is possible and will inspire a new generation of athletes to strive for excellence,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of the Naza Group of Companies.

The NPC – Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year Award seeks to honour Malaysians who have excelled in their respective fields.

The inaugural award in 2010 was awarded to famous Malaysian cartoonist, Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, or more popularly known as Lat. In 2011, Malaysian track sprint cyclist, Azizulhasni Awang, won the award.

Besides her bronze in the Olympics, Pandelela had previously won a gold medal in the 10-metre individual platform diving event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, which marked the first time Malaysia had won a gold medal in diving in the Commonwealth Games.

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