Diving queen named St John Ambulance ambassador

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020

Pandelela and Lai (middle row, third and fourth from right) with SJAM national officers at the ceremony.

MALAYSIAN diver and two-time Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong has been appointed as the ambassador for St John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM).

The fresh-faced Bidayuh lass from Sarawak, who started diving at the age of eight, worked her way from the state-level to the national team and strengthened her position as a world-class athlete with wins at various international competitions.

She also made the nation proud by being the first Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympic medal.

The 26-year-old received her appointment letter from SJAM commander-in-chief Datuk Lai See Ming during a ceremony at the St. John Ambulance of Malaysia national headquarters.

The ceremony was attended by SJAM volunteers as it was the first time an ambassador had been appointed for the volunteer statutory body which started in 1908.

As a leading ambulance and first aid standby service organisation, SJAM is hopeful that Pandelela can help reach out to the younger generation to volunteer with the organisation.

“In her new role, we hope that the young ambassador will use her widespread popularity to influence and encourage people to learn first aid,” said Lai.

“As a national athlete who has brought much fame and proud moments to the country, we believe she will be able to engage the community especially the young people to live a drug-free and healthy life.

“SJAM always believes that prevention is better than cure and we hope that the message of living a healthy lifestyle can be spread through our national athlete. Besides that, we hope she will be a role model and encourage them to strive to be the best they can possibly be.”

Outside of her diving commitments, Pandelela indulges in her passion for K-pop music, experimenting with her fashion styles and interacting with her fans on social media.

She also takes special interest in environmental and animal conservation causes and has a special soft spot for dolphins.

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