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Wed, 25 Dec 2019
JCU Sports Scholarship recipient secures a SEA Games silver

Our psychology student Fong Kay Yian won the silver medal in the women's 3m synchronised springboard with diving partner Ashlee Tan.

(Pictured: Fong Kay Yian at the 28th SEA Games | Singapore Sports Council owns the copyright to this photograph except where stated in this material. No part of the photograph may be reproduced or copied for any purpose without the prior written consent of Singapore Sports Council.)

Currently into her second year studying psychological science at James Cook University in Singapore, there is another side to Fong Kay Yian that supplements her pursuit for insight into the human mind with her boundless energy and determination. The young athlete has, after all, represented the nation in several sporting events.

Explaining her motivations, her Sport Singapore profile reads: “My love for the sport started because I thought somersaulting in the air looked really cool, fun and challenging! I have not looked back since then and am honoured to be representing my country.”

As the first recipient of the James Cook University Sports Scholarship, Kay Yian has shown the aptitude to achieve amazing things. This year, at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Fong Kay Yian and her diving partner, Ashlee Tan, finished in second place in the the women's synchronised 3m springboard competition at 228.06 points, allowing them to claim the silver medal.

The 30th SEA Games was held in the Philippines from 30 November to 11 December 2019. The biennial multi-sport event saw various competitors from across the region take part in sports ranging from jiu-jitsu to golf to hockey, and more.

Between juggling her training and her studies, Kay Yian could count on the Singapore campus of James Cook University for support to ensure a smooth journey towards success.

Kay Yian has also been a medallist in previous events, and won Singapore’s first gold medal in the women's synchronised 3m springboard event — since Sally Lim’s victory in 1973 — at the 2017 SEA Games.

The Singapore campus of James Cook University is very proud of Kay Yian’s incredible efforts.

The 2019 SEA Games may be over, but for Kay Yian the future is just beginning. The university encourages her to continue pursuing her passions, and to live out her dreams.


Media: Pinky Sibal pinky.sibal@jcu.edu.au