Further Personal Information
||Kuala Lumpur, MAS
||Cantonese, English, Malay, Mandarin
||Sports Science - University of Malaya: Petaling Jaya, MAS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She took up the sport at age 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
|Why this sport?
||"Initially I was a rhythmic gymnast but my talents for diving were spotted by coach Yang Zhuliang. He said my physical build was good for the sport."
|Club / Team
||Ikan Bilis Swimming Club: Kuala Lumpur, MAS
|Name of coach
||Li Rui [national], CHN
||Wendy (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
||Pottery, reading, watching Korean television shows, charity work, painting. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018, 23 Jul 2021)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games. (ocasia.org, 24 Sep 2020; Athlete, 23 Jul 2021)
|Most influential person in career
||Her family. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
|Hero / Idol
||Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. (olympic.org.my, 24 Sep 2020; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
||She underwent shoulder surgery in October 2018 and returned to training with the national team in May 2019. (thestar.com.my, 19 Jul 2019; bharian.com.my, 22 Oct 2018)
Following her victory in the 3m springboard at the 2016 Grand Prix event in Kuching, Malaysia, she took the remainder of 2016 off to recover from shoulder and back injuries. The back injury also forced her to miss the 2017 World Series event in Windsor, ON, Canada. (stadiumastro.com, 18 Apr 2017; thestar.com.my, 22 Oct 2016)
She injured her left shoulder in 2014. She had to rest for a week and then treated it with acupuncture and painkillers. (thestar.com.my, 11 Jul 2014)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||At competitions she does breathing exercises, and likes to give herself a pep talk in front of a mirror. (mens-health.com.my, 09 Aug 2016)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Just be patient, keep the consistency going and never give up." (fourthofficial.com, 03 Aug 2015)
|Awards and honours
||In 2017 she was awarded Sports Special Badge by the University of Malaya for her achievement at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (University of Malaya Facebook page, 30 Mar 2017)
||To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thestar.com.my, 20 Jan 2020)
She thought of retiring from the sport following the shoulder and back injuries she sustained in 2016. "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 divers. 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. I went for the shoulder operation [in 2018] but it still felt painful at times. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, I had more time to recuperate and feel so much better now." (thestar.com.my, 11 Oct 2020; ocasia.org, 24 Sep 2020)
In March 2018 she was suspended for eight months after testing positive for the prohibited substance sibutramine at the 2017 South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The suspension was backdated to August 2017, meaning she was eligible to return to competition in April 2018. (malaymail.com, 06 Dec 2019; thestar.com.my, 02 Mar 2018)