Meet The Two Malaysian Female Athletes Featured On Forbes Asia 30 Under 30

Amidst globally challenging times, we received uplifting news of two Malaysian sportswomen who made it on Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 this year.

The two athletes are professional wrestler Nor ‘Phoenix’ Diana and short track speed skater Anja Chong who was also CLEO Hot Shot 2018.

Nor ‘Phoenix’ Diana, Professional Wrestler

Known as Phoenix in the ring, Nor Diana, 20, was the selected honoree under Entertainment & Sports, and is Malaysia’s first hijab-wearing female pro wrestler.

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Nor Diana joined the MyPW organisation in 2015 and completed her first match in just a few months. 

She broke the barriers and attracted worldwide attention when she became the first female winner of the Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW) Wrestlecon championship in July last year. She quit her job in November and now trains with the UK’s Pro Wrestling: EVE in London.


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Anja Chong, Short Track Speed Skater

Malaysia’s ‘Ice Queen’ Anja Chong, 25, has also been in the spotlight since winning four gold medals in speed skating at the Southeast Asia Games in 2017 and 2019. She also founded the “Skate to Dream” programme to provide intellectually disabled athletes training and financial support.


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Outside of her athletic career, Anja continues to empower women and promote sustainability. She leads the business development of trust company Portcullis Trust Singapore and runs Alo Potentia, an ecommerce lifestyle company.

Along with Nor Diana and Anja, 12 other Malaysian entrepreneurs and industry wave makers were also listed on Forbes Asia 30 Under 30. Click here for the full list of recipients under 10 different categories.