For national diver Ng Yan Yee, the Covid 19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise.
For the 27-year-old took full advantage of break in competition and training to sufficiently recover from an injury.
Focusing more on increasing her fitness via strength training, this enabled her to start her preparation for Tokyo earnestly.
Citing Chinese diver Guo Jingjing as her motivator in taking up diving as Guo displayed a positive attitude even things were against her.
“As a professional athlete, injury is a normal thing in our careers, the more we want to avoid it, the higher the risk of an injury occurring” said the the Olympian.
“I have faced severe injuries such as a back pain and I was at the stage of giving up”
“But my teammates helped me to boost my spirit and keep working hard to recover from the injury and stay in contention to be one of the best national diver”
Wendy as she is fondly known among the diving fraternity said that making mistakes in executing a dive is not unusual.
“To succeed one must face failure and mistakes in order to improve”
“If I make a mistake, I will not think about it and just focus on my jump, I will only look towards rectifying the mistake after the event is over”
“It will remain at the back of my mind but I will not let it affect my focus to complete the following dive”
As an athlete Ng Yan Yee wants to give her best for the country.
It will be an honour for her to represent the Malaysia for the third time at the Olympic Games.
Her hope is to give the best performance and at the same time improve her ranking at the Olympic Games.
For her, the important thing now is to focus on the training session in order to be more consistent in executing her dives.
“My most memorable moment in life is qualification to my 3rd Olympics”
“However, as a human we always have memories that we want to forget”
And as for me, I have learnt my lesson with regards to the doping issue during Sea Games 2017,” said the national diver.
“Even though nobody believes in you, you need to believe in yourself and never give up because the journey as an athlete will never be easy” Yan Yee added as she welcomes the younger generation to get more involved and pressure the seniors.
NG YAN YEE
|Born||11 July 1993 (age 27)|
|Born in||Kuala Lumpur|
|Events||3m springboard, 3m synchronised springboard|
|Jakarta-Palembang 2018||3m Synchronised Springboard||Silver|
|Incheon 2014||3m Synchronised Springboard||Silver|
|Guangzhou 2010||3m Synchronised Springboard||Silver|
|Singapore 2015||3m Synchronised Springboard||Gold|
|Singapore 2015||3m Springboard||Silver|
|Naypyidaw 2013||3m Synchronised Springboard||Gold|
|Naypyidaw 2013||3m Springboard||Silver|
|Palembang 2011||3m Synchronised Springboard||Gold|
|Palembang 2011||3m Springboard||Silver|
|Philippine 2019||3m Synchronised springboard||Gold|
|Philippine 2019||3m Springboard||Gold|