Datuk Nicol Ann David ialah seorang pemain skuasy profesional wanita berbangsa Malaysiayang menjadi wanita Asia

pertama yang menduduki tangga #1 dunia dalam sukan skuasy wanita. Beliau pernah memenangi gelaran Terbuka British pada tahun 2005, 2006 dan 2008, dan juga gelaran Terbuka Dunia pada tahun 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 dan 2010. Nicol merupakan pemain skuasy pertama yang menjuarai Kejohanan Skuasy Junior Seduniadua kali; iaitu pada tahun 1999 dan 2001 di bawah bimbingan Richard Glanfield. Beliau kekal satu-satunya pemain skuasy wanita yang berbuat demikian, sehingga Raneem El Weleilymenyamai pencapaian beliau ini dengan memenangi Kejohanan Junior Sedunia keduanya pada tahun 2007. Nicol menyertai WISPA lalu mencapai status profesional pada tahun 2000 apabila memenangi gelaran WISPA sulungnya hanya sebulan selepas penyertaannya itu. Kemenangan itu tercapai pada bulan Februari apabila beliau menewaskan Salma Shabana di pusingan akhir Terbuka Finland Savcor. Pada 7 Jun 2008, Nicol David dikurniakan gelaran Darjah Bakti sempena hari keputeraan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Nicol turut diundang untuk membawa obor Olimpik untuk Malaysia sewaktu persediaan ke Sukan Olimpik di Athens pada tahun 2004 di samping dilantik sebagai Duta Muhibah Kebangsaan Malaysia oleh UNDP. Antara pencapaian lain Nicol David termasuk Kejohanan Skuasy Asia yang dijuarainya tujuh kali (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 dan 2010). Beliau juga mempertahankan tempoh kejuaraan demi kejuaraan selama 13 bulan dan 51 perlawanan mulai Mac 2006, hingga tewas di tangan Natalie Grinham di Terbuka Seoul pada April 2007. Bagaimanapun, beliau sekali lagi membuat rentetan tanpa kalah selama Nicol turut meraih Pemain Terbaik WISPA enam kali berturut-turut, dari tahun 2005 hingga 2010.

• [sunting]Kehidupan peribadi Dilahirkan di Pulau Pinang, Nicol merupakan anak kepada Ann Marie David, seorang guru sekolah berketurunan Cina dan Desmond David, seorang jurutera berketurunan India[3][4] yang pernah menjadi olahragawan dan pemain bola sepak negeri.[5][6] Nicol mempunyai dua adik-beradik, iaitu Lianne dan Cheryl,[7] yang merupakan pemain skuasy cemerlang di peringkat kebangsaan.
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Sewaktu muda, Nicol paling cemerlang dalam mata pelajaran Matematik di sekolah;[9] beliau pernah bercita-cita menjadi jurutera. Nicol mendapat tujuh A dalamPenilaian Menengah Rendah dan tujuh A lagi dalam Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, sewaktu menelaah

di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Convent Green Lane di Green Lane, Pulau Pinang.[10] Beliau beragama Kristian (Katolik Roma). [sunting]Anugerah dan penghormatan Pada 7 Jun 2008, Nicol David dikurniakan gelaran Darjah Bakti (D.B.)[11] sempena sambutan hari keputeraan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.[12] Beliau merupakan penerima pertama anugerah ini yang diasaskan pada 26 Jun 1975.
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Anugerah ini terhad kepada 10 penerima yang melakukan sumbangan besar kepada bidang kesenian, sains dan kemanusiaan.

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Pada 12 Julai 2008, Nicol menjadi salah satu daripada 497 orang yang diberi penghormatan sempena hari jadi ke-70 Yang diPertua Negeri Pulau Pinang, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.[13]Nicol merupakan antara 28 orang yang menerima Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri award (DSPN),[14] yang membawa gelaran Datuk, justeru beliau menjadi tokoh termuda yang dikurniakan gelaran Datuk di negeri Pulau Pinang.[13] Perdana Menteri Malaysia ketika itu, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang juga berasal dari Pulau Pinang,[15] pernah mengakui bahawa Nicol lebih terkenal daripadanya.[5] Pada tahun 2007, Nicol menerima ijazah kehormat Sarjana Kesenian honoris causa dari Universiti Nottingham.[10] Nicol turut menerima anugerah Pemain Terbaik WISPA enam kali berturutturut, mulai tahun 2005 hingga 2010.[16][17] Nicol diberi penghormatan membawa obor Olimpik sebagai wakil Malaysia menjelang Sukan Olimpik Athens 2004,[18][19] di samping dilantik sebagai Duta Muhibah Kebangsaan Malaysia oleh Program Pembangunan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu.[20] [sunting]Kerjaya

2008. 2002. David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000 when she won her first WISPA title.[8] Kerjaya skuasy Nicol bermula pada tahun 1992. after only a month in the tour. She also held a 13-month. apabila beliau membantu skuad negeri menggondol pingat emas dalam acara pasukan.[28] Nicol melakar kejayaan terbesarnya sebagai jaguh remaja di Kejohanan Junior Sedunia di Antwerp. She won the British Open title in 2005. Semenjak itu. David's other notable achievements include the Asian Squash Championship.[22] Juga pada tahun 1992. from March 2006 until April 2007. Pulau Pinang. She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975. in 1999 and 2001 under the tutelage of Richard Glanfield.[4] dan Juara Junior Asia untuk acara individu dan pasukan. dan juga pingat emas di Sukan Asia pada Disember 1998. and is the first Asian woman to achieve this. . oleh itu beliau merupakan satu daripada dua pemain sahaja yang menjuarainya dua kali sepanjang sejarah skuasy. 2010 and 2011).[26] Pada tahun 1999. Nicol David mula bermain skuasy sewaktu berusia lima tahun. as well as the World Open title a record 6 times. bersama adik-beradiknya.[4][23] Nicol mencapai pusingan suku akhir Kejohanan Junior Sedunia yang sebelumnya pada Ogos 1997 di Brazil.[4] Sukan SEA (Juara kategori Senior dan Pasukan).[21] yang kemudiannya memujuk pemudi ini supaya mewakili negeri asalnya. walaupun jatuh sakit ketika itu. apabila beliau menggondol pingat perak dalam kategori Bawah-14 Kejohanan Junior Negeri Pulau Pinang. ketika berusia 13 tahun. Belgium. 9–2 di pusingan akhir acara perseorangan wanita. 2006. She is currently ranked world number 1 in women's squash. [27] Terbuka Junior Jerman (juara Bawah-19).[23] Nicol juga merupakan antara sebilangan kecil pemain skuasy yang pernah memenangi kesemua kategori umur di Terbuka Junior British. which she won a record eight times (in 1998.[23] Yang menariknya. in conjunction with the birthday of the His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Leong Siu Lynn 9–5.[22] Pada tahun 1994. di mana beliau mendapat pingat perak dalam kategori Bawah-16.[23] Beliau berjaya mempertahankan gelaran itu di Pulau Pinang pada tahun 2001. when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open. di mana murid sekolah berumur 15 tahun ini mencapai taraf juara junior dunia setelah menewaskan rakan seperjuangan. The victory came in February. 2004. She remained the only female squash player to have achieved this.B. beliau merangkul kejuaraan junior dan senior Asia. sekaligus menjadi juara termuda kejohanan itu. in 2005. David is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice. 2006. 2006 and 2008.[4] Pada tahun yang sama. until Raneem El Weleily emulated David's feat by winning her second World Junior Championship in 2007. iaitu Hong Kong Bawah-13 dan Terbuka Junior Scotland Bawah-12.[22] Nicol menjuarai Kejohanan Skuasy Junior Sedunia Wanita 1999 di Antwerp. [9] Ketika berlatih di Pusat Skuasy Bukit Dumbar. David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.[27] Dato' Nicol Ann David is a Malaysian female professional squash player. 51-match winning streak. 9–3. 2010 and 2011. termasuk Terbuka Junior British (juara Bawah-17). 2009. Nicol semakin rancak menjuarai kejohanan remaja utama. 2000. beliau menumpaskan tiga orang pemain yang berada dalam tangga 20 teratas dalam kejohanan itu. On 7 June 2008. beliau mendapat kemenangan sulungnya di peringkat kebangsaan di Kejohanan Antara Negeri Junior Kebangsaan MiloDunlop Sport. bakat Nicol ditemui oleh Ee Phoeh Hoon. 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. kemudian menerima bimbingan jurulatih sejak usia lapan tahun. beliau dilatih oleh Richard Glanfield.[24][25] ketika itu. Nicol dipilih untuk menyertai pasukan skuasy negeri Pulau Pinang untuk temasya Sukan Malaysia. menjadikannya pemain perempuan termuda yang menjadi juara dunia remaja pada usia 15 tahun. 2008.[sunting]Sebelum 2000: Zaman junior Nicol Ann David di Terbuka Malaysia CIMB 2008 di Kuala Lumpur. beliau meraih dua gelaran antarabangsa pertamanya.

[16] once quipped that David is "now more famous than me".B. David was among 497 people honoured in conjunction with the 70th birthday of the Penang State Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. a Malaysian Indian[4] engineer. where she won silver in the Under-16 category. [15] which carries the title Datuk. Lianne and Cheryl. [10][11] She was raised a Roman Catholic.[12] in conjunction with the birthday of His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. mathematics was David's best subject at school.[23] She successfully defended the title in Penang in 2001. David was talent spotted by Ee Phoeh Hoon.[5] who is also a former state athlete and footballer. • [edit]Personal life David is the daughter of Ann Marie David.[20] [edit]Squash career [edit]Pre–2000: Junior years Nicol Ann David during CIMB Malaysian Open Squash 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.[24] [25] her coach was Richard Glanfield.[1]While training at the Bukit Dumbar Squash Centre.[13] The award is limited to 10 recipients who have made significant contributions in the arts. David scored seven A's for her Penilaian Menengah Rendah and obtained seven A's in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (the equivalent to GCSE).when she finally lost to Natalie Grinham in the final of the 2007 Seoul Open.[14] The former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. from 2005 until 2010.[18][19] and was appointed UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia. David received Master of Arts honoris causa. she won her first two international titles – the Hong Kong U-13 and the Scottish Junior Open Under-12. David played squash when she was five years old. a fellow Penangite. making her the youngest woman to become the world junior champion at the age of 15.[21] who led her to represent her home state of Penang. from 2005 until 2010. Penang.[22] In 1994.[9] David's squash career began in 1992 when she won silver in the Under-14 category of the Penang State Junior Championship.[26] . and received coaching at the age of eight. an honorary degree by the University of Nottingham.[23] In the process. Belgium.[9] As a youngster. a retired Malaysian Chinese school teacher.[6][7] She has two sisters.[1] Her primary education was at Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent Green Lane(Convent Green Lane Primary School).[22] David won the Women's World Junior Squash Championships of 1999 in Antwerp. despite being ill at the time. which she studied at Convent Green Lane Secondary School in Green Lane. [6] In July 2007. David was chosen to join the Penang state squash team for the Malaysian Games(SUKMA) tournament where she helped Penang win a gold medal in the team event. and Desmond David. becoming one of only two players in the history of squash to have won it twice.[14] David was also one of the 28 people who received the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri award (DSPN).[5] In the same year. along with her sisters.[17] David was given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics of 2004.[citation needed] [edit]Awards and recognition On 7 June 2008. sciences and the humanities.[12][13] On 12 July 2008.[8] both of whom are accomplished squash players at the national level. David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D. she defeated three players ranked in the world top 20.[10] David has also obtained the WISPA Player of the Year on six consecutive occasions.[22] Her first national level victory was also in 1992 at the Milo-Dunlop SportNational Junior Interstate Championship. David has also obtained the WISPA Player of the Year on six consecutive occasions. making her the youngest person ever to be conferred Datukship in Penang.[13] She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975.[1] she dreamed of one day becoming an engineer.

when she lost 9–7. Her achievements included getting into the final of both the Kuala Lumpur Open[43] and theMalaysian Open.[34]Earlier in the year.[37] She reached the semi-final of the World Open in Hong Kong. David lost in the second round toNatalie Grinham with a score of 9–2. when Raneem El Weleily won her second World Junior Championship. 9–7. as a thirteen-year-old and has since claimed both the Asian junior and senior titles.[23] David also is one of a few squash player to have won all the age categories in the British Junior Open. 9–0 and 9–5.[24][32] David also won the individual event in the Asian Junior Squash Championships by defeating her compatriot Tricia Chuah in the final with a score of 9–5. beating Omneya Abdel Kawy in just 17 minutes with a score of 9–2. 9–4 and 9–2 in the final. David began to win major junior tournaments. 9–4 to win the second Kuala Lumpur Open title of her career. including the British Junior Open (Under-17 champion). 8–10. she was eliminated in the first round of the Carol Weymuller US Open.[42] In 2004 David again failed to win any title.[27] [edit]2000–2004: Early professional career Nicol David and New Zealander Shelley Kitchen during the 2007 CIMB Malaysian Open. and helped the Malaysian team to the team event title. 9–0 and 9–4. who has played under Dunlop Sport sponsorship for most of her junior career and WISPA career.[38] David did not perform well in the other major WISPA events. together with her mixed double event partner Ong Beng Hee. won a Commonwealth Games silver medal for Malaysia after losing to Glen Wilson and Leilani Rorani in the final.[47] .[46] to rise two places to number four in the January 2005 WISPA rankings. signed a two-year deal to play with Head rackets with local conglomerate Mulpha Sports. David won the World Junior title for a second time.[5][23] David reached the quarterfinals of the previous World Junior Championships in August 1997 in Brazil.[5] and the Asian Junior Champion for both individual and team events. Champion). David. 7–9.In 1999. when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open with a score of 9–1.[28] David's biggest win.[35] David failed to retain her Asian Games gold medal in 2002. South Korea.[44] David started to progress in the very last month of the year by reaching the final of the Shanghai WISPA WorldStars Championship[45] and the semi-finals of the World Open. as well as the gold medal in the Asian Games in December 1998.[30] Within a month. losing to the more experienced Cassie Jackman on her home ground and then to Linda Elriani in the Monte Carlo Classic in November. was the World Junior Championships. 9–4 in the final. 9–6 and 9–0.[33] In 2002 David. 9–5 and 9–7 to Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong in the final in Busan.[41] In the Qatar Classic Open.[28] David also won a sponsorship on the WISPA tour by Dunlop squash. David defeated Ellen Petersen of Denmark with a score of 9–2.[31] In July. David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000[5][29] when she won her first WISPA title.[22] In 2001. It took just half an hour for the then 15-yearold Malaysian schoolgirl to obtain world junior champion status when she beat compatriot Leong Siu Lynn 9–5. after only a month in the tour.[5] the SEA Games (Champion in the Senior and Team categories).[39] in the British Open[40] and in the Texas Open. played in Antwerp. 9–3 and 9–2 in the final of the women's individual event to become the youngest ever winner of the title.[30] The victory came in February.[25] She remained the only female squash player to have achieved this until 2007.[27] the German Junior Open (Under-19. 9–3.[36] David was the losing finalist twice in 2003. however. losing to Cassie Jackman with a score of 9–6. Hotel Equatorial announced its two year worldwide sponsorship for her.

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