Nicol David

Squashing the competition

Datuk Nicol Ann David (born 26 August 1983) is a Malaysian female professional squash player, currently ranked world number 3. Beginning in August 2006, David was the world number one for a record-breaking 108 consecutive months, finally ceding the ranking in July 2015 to Raneem El Weleily. She has won the World Open title a record 8 times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, as well as the British Open title in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014. In July 2016, she reached her 151st successive week in the top 10, breaking the record in both men's and women's categories. She surpassed Peter Nicol's previous records of 150 weeks.

David is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice; in 1999 and 2001 under the tutelage of Richard Glanfield. She remained the only female squash player to have achieved this, until Raneem El Weleily emulated David's feat by winning her second World Junior Championship in 2007. David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000 when she won her first WISPA title, after only a month on the tour. The victory came in February, when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open. On 7 June 2008, David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.B. in conjunction with the birthday of the His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975. David was also invited to carry the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics in 2004 and being appointed as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia.

Considered by some to be the greatest women's squash player of all time, David's other notable achievements include the Asian Squash Championship, which she won a record nine times (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015). She also held a 13-month, 51-match winning streak, from March 2006 until April 2007, when she finally lost to Natalie Grinham in the final of the 2007 Seoul Open. David has also obtained the WSA Player of the Year on seven occasions, 2005-2010 and 2012.

Personal life

Born in Penang, David is the daughter of Ann Marie David, a retired Malaysian Chinese school teacher, and Desmond David, a Malaysian Indian engineer, who is also a former state athlete and footballer. She has two sisters, Lianne and Cheryl, both of whom are accomplished squash players at the national level. As a youngster, mathematics was David's best subject at school; she dreamed of one day becoming an engineer. Her primary education was at Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent Green Lane (Convent Green Lane Primary School). David scored seven A's for her Penilaian Menengah Rendah and obtained seven A's in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (the equivalent to GCSE), which she studied at Convent Green Lane Secondary School in Green Lane, Penang. She was raised a Roman Catholic

Awards and recognition

On 7 June 2008, David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.B. in conjunction with the birthday of His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975. The award is limited to 10 recipients who have made significant contributions in the arts, sciences and the humanities.

On 12 July 2008, David was among 497 people honoured in conjunction with the 70th birthday of the Penang State Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. David was also one of the 28 people who received the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri award (DSPN), which carries the title Datuk, making her the youngest person ever to be conferred Datukship in Penang. The former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a fellow Penangite, once quipped that David is "now more famous than me". In July 2007, David received Master of Arts honoris causa; an honorary degree by the University of Nottingham. David has also obtained the WISPA Player of the Year on six
consecutive occasions, from 2005 until 2010.

David was given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics of 2004, and was appointed UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 2016 Overtakes Michelle Martin to establish new record 143-month unbroken run in world top 5
Jul 2016 Overtakes Peter Nicol to establish new record unbroken 151-month run in the world top 10
May 2016 Wins 2015/16 'PSA Spirit of Squash' award
Dec 2015 Reaches her 100th Tour final at Hong Kong Open - and collects her 80th title!
Sep 2015 Drops to No2 after a record 109-month unbroken run as world No1
May 2015 Wins a 9th Asian Championship title
Mar 2015 Wins Sportswriters Association Malaysia (SAM)-100Plus 2014 Athlete of the Year award (for 2nd time)
Feb 2015 Celebrates 106th month at top of world rankings to overtake Susan Devoy as longest-reigning world No1!
Dec 2014 Saves 4 match-balls in World Championship final v Raneem El Welily to win record 8th title!
Nov 2014 Becomes first player to achieve 100 consecutive months as world No1
Sep 2014 Wins her fourth Asian Games gold medal in 16 years
May 2014 Malaysia's National Sportswoman of the Year for the 9th time
Sep 2013 Wins 3rd Malaysian Nationals title
Feb 2013 Wins 2012 'WSA Heather McKay Player of the Year' award - for 7th year
Dec 2012 Wins a record 7th World Championship title
Sep 2012 Made an honorary major of the Royal Malaysian Air Forces (RMAF) Volunteer Reserve
Dec 2011 Hailed by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the country's "most successful sports icon"
Mar 2011 Becomes second longest-reigning world No1 ever (beating Michelle Martin)
Mar 2011 Wins a record 8th Malaysian Sportswoman of the Year award
Jan 2011 Awarded 2010 WISPA Player of the Year
Nov 2010 Wins 50th Tour title at Qatar Classic
Nov 2009 Wins WISPA Player of the Year award
Sep 2009 Becomes third longest-reigning world No1 ever (beating Sarah Fitz-Gerald)
Mar 2009 56-match/17-month unbeaten WISPA run ends (previous long run 51 matches)
Mar 2009 Malaysia's 2008 Sportswoman of the Year (for 6th time!)
Oct 2008 World Squash Awards: WISPA Player of the Year 2008
Jul 2008 Conferred a 'Datukship' by Penang (the youngest ever)
Jun 2008 Receives 'Order of Merit', Malaysia's highest honour
Dec 2007 World Squash Awards: WISPA Player of the Year 2007
Dec 2007 Asian Sportswoman of the Year 2007
Dec 2006 World Squash Awards: WISPA Player of the Year 2006
Dec 2005 World Squash Awards: WISPA Player of the Year 2005
May 2005 World Squash Awards: Young Female Player of the Year
Jul 2001 Becomes first player to win World Junior Championship title twice

Source: Wikipedia



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