Two-time Olympic medalist Pandelela Rinong was scouted for state diving at the age of 7. Born into a modest family of a contractor, she initially dreamed of becoming an air stewardess and of traveling the world. She scripted history as the first Malaysian female to win an Olympic medal.
Nur Dhabitah Sabri is a Malaysian professional diver best known for winning three bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, including two medals at the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Queensland. She has also won several gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games. In 2017, Nur Dhabitah Sabri was chosen to light up the cauldron at the Southeast Asian Games.
Guo Jingjing is a Chinese former diver best known for her performance at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics where she won two gold medals at each event. She has also won two Olympic silver medals and is currently tied with Wu Minxia for winning the most number of Olympic medals for any female diver.
Malaysian diver Cheong Jun Hoong is not just an Olympic silver medalist but has also scripted history by becoming the first Malaysian diving world champion. She began training in aquatics at age 4 and focused on diving at age 9. She was apparently dropped from the national team due to budget cuts.
Leong Mun Yee is a Malaysian retired professional diver best known for winning two bronze medals and a silver medal at the World Championships. Leong Mun Yee also won many gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games during her diving career. In 2008, she competed in the Summer Olympics, becoming the first Malaysian diver to participate in three Olympic Games.
Fu Mingxia is a Chinese retired diver who won the platform-diving world championship title at the age of 12, becoming the youngest diving champion of all time. She is also one of the youngest diving champions at the Olympics, she won a gold medal at the age of 13 in Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Fu finished her career with four Olympic gold medals and two World Championships.
Wu Minxia is a Chinese former professional diver who has five Olympic gold medals, eight World Championship titles, and five Asian Games gold medals under her belt. She has also won Olympic silver and bronze, which makes her one of the most successful female divers in the history of modern Olympics. Wu is also one of China’s most celebrated divers.
Fanny Durack was an Australian swimmer best remembered for winning a gold medal at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, where she represented Australasia. In 1967, she was made an inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Fanny Durack was also inducted into the Swimming Australia Hall of Fame in 2022.
Though Ng Yan Yee was initially a rhythmic gymnast. She was scouted by a diving coach at age 13, when she was about to sign up for swimming lessons. An Olympian, she is also a 3-time Asian Games silver medalist. She also boasts of a sports science degree.
Malaysian diver Jasmine Lai Pui Yee is perhaps best known for her Southeast Asian Games gold win in the 3m mixed synchro springboard, which she secured after fellow Malaysian Ng Yan Yee was stripped of her gold for failing a doping test. She later retired to complete her university degree.