Divers Enrique and Eilisha make a splash at Pacific Junior meet


  • Diving
  • Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019

High achievers: (From left) Bertrand Rhodict, Enrique Maccartney, Ong Ker Ying and Eilisha Rania posing with their medals at the Pacific Junior Diving Championships in Wellington, New Zealand.

PETALING JAYA: Enrique Maccartney and Eilisha Rania are the latest young diving stars from Sarawak to bring glory for Malaysia when they pulled off a splashing show at the Pacific Junior Diving Championships in Wellington, New Zealand.

The 15-year-old Enrique bagged gold in the boys’ Group A (16-18) 3m springboard competition with 485.80 points in the just concluded championship, which also saw the participation of divers from Australia and New Zealand.

Eilisha shone with gold in the girls’ Group B (14-15) platform.

The 14-year-old pint-sized diver came out tops with 310.20 points and went on to collect silver with fellow Sarawakian Bertrand Rhodict in the mixed Group A+B 3m springboard synchro competition (222.99) behind Australians Liam Davis-Kiarra Milligan (254.85).

Eilisha showed her versatility by snatching bronze in the 3m springboard event (326.20).

A student of SMK Tabuan Jaya, the same school where Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong studied, Eilisha was happy to claim her first international title.

“The hard work in training has paid off. I’m happy but there is still a long way for me to go,” said the Kuching-born Eilisha, who also credits her coach and 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games gold medallist Rosatimah Mohd for developing her.

“I hope I can be as good as Pandelela one day.”

Eilisha is already a Malaysia Games gold medallist, partnering Kimberly Bong to win the girls’ 10m platform synchro event in Ipoh last year. `

Kuala Lumpur-born Ong Ker Ying also shone for Malaysia by clinching the girls’ Group A 3m springboard title with 392.70 points.

The 17-year-old also picked up a silver medal in the 1m springboard event (342.60) behind Mackenzie Bowell of Australia (392.65).

Back-up diving coach Li Teng brought four divers for the championships and they returned home with a total of three golds, two silvers and two bronzes. Bertrand took the other bronze medal in the boys’ B platform event (323.70).
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