HONOUR: Diver awarded Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian Of The Year
KUALA LUMPUR: LONDON Olympics diving bronze medallist, Pandelela Rinong added another honour to her collection after being awarded the National Press Club (NPC)-Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year award on Wednesday.
Pandelela was presented the award by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Pandelela created history in July when she became the first Malaysian woman athlete to win a medal at the Olympics when she won a bronze in the women's 10-metre individual platform diving event.
Her bronze medal was also Malaysia's first-ever medal in a sport other than badminton.
"It is important for us to recognise and celebrate Pandelela's achievements at the London Olympics. Her achievements were no easy feat and she proved that Malaysians can compete with the world's best at the highest level.
"Moreover, she reminded us that with hard work, passion and determination, anything is possible and will inspire a new generation of athletes to strive for excellence," said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, joint group executive chairman of the Naza Group of Companies.
The NPC-Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year Award seeks to honour Malaysians who have excelled in their respective fields.
The inaugural award in 2010 was awarded to famous Malaysian cartoonist, Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, or more popularly known as Lat.
In 2011, Malaysian track sprint cyclist, Azizulhasni Awang, won the award.