Pandelela was a natural at diving. With the support and encouragement from her family and coach, she took up the sports seriously and before long, represented her state of Sarawak to compete at the national games. Her first win was a Bronze Medal at the National Age Group competition in Negeri Sembilan in 2004 – 3 years after she started training! There was no stopping Pandelela since – she went on to win 3 Golds and 2 Silvers at the Malaysian Games – SUKMA 2006.
Then came the invitation from the National Sports Council to join the National Team in 2007. Pandelela’s diving career finally took off! As a national athlete, Pandelela trains 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. Training starts in the early
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As a national athlete, Pandelela trains 8 hours of the morning till 12.30 in the afternoon, followed by another 4 hours in the evening from 3 to 7. Besides training and competing, she is also a student of Sports Science at Universiti Malaya. Despite her rigorous schedule, Pandelela finds time to indulge in her favourite pastime – K-Pop! She relaxes by tuning in to the latest songs and news on her favourite Korean band, Big Bang while travelling gives her the opportunity to stock up on her collection of her favourite anime character, Totoro. Diving has opened up a whole new world for Pandelela and she counts her blessings everyday for being able to do what she loves. She is determined to continue down this path for as long as she can - after all, a girl can never have too many medals!