Saturday August 11, 2012
Hurrah for Pandelela from her alma mater
KUCHING: It was a moment of pride and joy for students and teachers of SMK Tabuan Jaya Sports School when Pandelela Rinong Pamg bagged the bronze medal in the Olympics women's individual 10m platform event.
Deep in their hearts, they knew the former student could deliver a medal and make the nation proud.
Principal Hassan Wa'Gani said Pandelela's achievement was an inspiration to many athletes in the state.
He said the school would invite Pandelela to share her experiences of the London Games.
“We're all very proud of her. I have always reminded students that their success will always be the pride and joy of the school, state and country,” he said.
Pandelela created history by winning Malaysia's first-ever Olympics medal in a sport other than badminton. She is also the first Sarawakian to win an Olympic medal.
Hassan said Pandelela studied in Form One and Two at the school before leaving for Bukit Jalil Sports School in 2006.
“I taught her visual arts. She was a good, quiet and disciplined student,” he recalled.
He said another national diver Bryan Nickson Lomas also studied in the school before being transferred to Bukit Jalil, adding that SMK Tabuan Jaya acted as a feeder school of athletes for the country.
He hoped the Government would pay more attention to rural schools' needs in improving sports development.