Meet CLEO Hot Shot 2018: Dhabitah Sabri

Dhabitah Sabri, 19, National Diver

Jeans, Levi’s; geometric necklace, Bremen Wong; blouse, Dhabitah’s own.

It’s no wonder Dhabitah Sabri is Malaysia’s diving pride and glory—she’s just like a fish in water! Dhabitah pushes herself to persevere when the going gets tough, and she’s always got her family behind her all the way. A hard worker who trains every single day, she hopes to train with Great Britain’s diving team as she has always looked up to them.

Tell us a little bit about what you do—What was the most significant turning point of your career?

I’m a Malaysian national diver. The journey was not easy, with many ups and downs and many challenges I had to face. Being a full-time athlete comes with its good times, but also trials and challenges. An unexpected turning point was competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics at a young age and having very supportive diving mates.

Fame or success? Why?

Success—it’s to be something to remembered and to be told.

What is the worst setback you’ve faced in your career and how did you overcome it?

Worst setback was getting negative comments from netizens, but luckily my family, friends and diving mates helped me to overcome the situation.

Who or what empowers you in life? Give us an example.

My family and diving mates empower me to continue my journey whenever I feel like quitting and lift me up when I’m at the bottom.

If you could train with any athlete in the world, who would it be? Why?

I would like to train with the Great Britain diving team, because my idol is from this country and I would also like to try a different culture of training programmes.

How do you want to be remembered as? Why?

I want to be remembered as a successful Malaysian diver—I want my diving journey to be told and I hope the next generation can follow in my footsteps.

Train hard to make more good results so that the womens are determine to join my industry. I want them to stop thinking that women are weak.

– On what can be done to encourage women to join Dhabitah’s industry.

What is the best and worst decision you’ve made? Why?

My best decision was choosing to continue my diving—if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Worst decisions? I have none.

Special thanks to Alila Bangsar for venue assistance during the whole production.
Official sponsors: Wet n Wild Malaysia and Sasa Malaysia.