By Mei Kuan
National diving legend, Leong Mun Yee who hails from Ipoh was conferred the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah medal, which carries the title Datuk, in conjunction with the Federal Territories Day on Tuesday, February 8.
She received the honour from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Negara.
The former national diver started diving when she was 10 years old and made her first appearance in the Olympics at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The only Malaysian athlete to qualify for five Olympics (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Tokyo 2020), she formally announced her retirement from the sport in January this year.
On her latest achievement, the amiable 37-year-old expressed, “I feel very happy and honoured to receive the title and I hope I’ll be able to continue serving the country in a different position.”
One of the most decorated divers, she has three medals from world championships, three medals from the Commonwealth & Asian Games and 17 gold medals from the SEA Games to her name.
Currently assisting coach Li Rui in handling the national diving team, she also has a vision to run a diving academy one day.
“Firstly, it will be at KL. If everything goes smoothly, then it will be at Ipoh next,” Mun Yee shared with Ipoh Echo.
For more updates, follow her official Instagram page.