Meet our female Olympians: Ng Yan Yee

The 23-year-old diver will be representing our country in the women's three-metre springboard event at the Rio 2016 Olympics

By ELLE Malaysia | Published: 16 Aug 2016

Olympian: Ng Yan Yee
Photo: Ng Yan Yee

[Updated 16 August 2016] Olympian diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee finished 10th in the 3m springboard finals at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre on Sunday. She exceeded her personal target of making the semi finals but lost the gold and silver medals to China's Shi Tingmao and He Zi, while bronze went to Italy's Tania Cagnotto.

"I got nervous. It is not an excuse but that is what happened. I am disappointed as I had hoped to perform much better," Wendy said.


Ng Yan Yee, also known as Wendy, will represent Malaysia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the women's preliminary 3m springboard diving event this Saturday. After Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong took home the silver medal in the women's 10m synchronised diving event, all eyes are now on the bubbly 23-year-old to do our country proud at her second time in the Games.

When she's not training hard to perfect her dive, Yan Yee spends her free time listening to Justin Bieber or watching horror films. She also took us through her pre-Games preparations.

How do you feel about #Rio2016?
I'm feeling great and excited because I can represent my country and compete in the prestigious Olympic Games.

What was it like walking into the stadium at the opening ceremony?
Rio is the second Games I'm competing in, but of course it's still great to experience being here. It's a mixture of excitement, nervousness and pride.

Are any of your friends and family there at the Games?
Yes! This time my whole family came with me.

When did you first start training in the sport, and how did you get into it?
I was a gymnast before I joined the diving team. I was scouted by one of the coaches.

How old were you when you first started to dream of one day competing at the Olympics?
I had this dream since I was 12 years old. To be able to compete in the Olympics is something I'm sure every athlete wants to do. I was so happy my dream came true when I got to compete in the London Summer 2012 Olympics. I was 19 then. It feels great to have qualified again!

Can you take us through a typical day in your life right now, in the lead up to the Games?
My life hasn't changed much since qualifications. But now, I only focus on doing my utmost best. I make sure to nail every move to ensure that my routine is perfect.

How many hours a day do you train?
I train for about eight hours every day except on Wednesdays and Sundays.


💪🏻💪🏻 #roadtorio #ngyanyee #43daystorioolympic

A photo posted by Ng Yan Yee (Wendy) 吴丽颐 (@wendynyy) on

What do you do to relax?

I listen to music. It helps me wind down after a hectic day of training. I especially like Justin Bieber's music. I also go for massages after training to help me loosen up my stiff muscles. If I have more time, I'd watch a movie or two. Comedies and horror films are my favourite.

What are the biggest challenges you've faced up until now?
Diving has taught me a lot, but I think the sport itself is a huge challenge. No matter how hard I try not to, I always seem to injure myself. Getting hurt and being hampered by my injuries has become some of my biggest fears. But I have my supportive team to thank for as they have stayed by my side through it all.

What is something that no one understands about what you do?
I think that no one will really understand the struggles I've had to face. But my family has been very supportive of me and they try to understand what I'm going through; I appreciate that.

How do you stay motivated? Do you have any particular motto, philosophy, music, or mentor who inspires you?
Staying motivated can be quite a challenge but I try to keep my mind clear and focus on my goals. When I feel as if I'm going to give up soon, I trust in God and let him lead the way. My motto is "Hold on to hope" and it's helped me many times before.


Showing off my braces while the media interviews me. 😁😁#roadtorio #teammalaysia #吴丽颐 #ngyanyee #MAS

A video posted by Ng Yan Yee (Wendy) 吴丽颐 (@wendynyy) on

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