About Nicol David
Nicol David, titled now Datuk Nicol Ann David, DSPN, is the most famous sportsperson in Malaysia today (2009). Nicol was born in Penang on 26 August, 1983 to Desmond David, an Indian Malaysian engineer and Anne Marie David, a retired Chinese Malaysian school teacher. She has two sisters, Lianne Marie David and Cheryl Therese David, both of whom are also accomplished squash players at the national level.
Nicol did her secondary education at Convent Green Lane. In addition to sports, Nicol excels in her studies, scoring 7A's in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and 9A's in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. In 1991, at the age of 8, while she was training at the Bukit Dumbar Squash Centre (now called the Penang International Squash Centre) Nicol David was talent-spotted by Ms Ee Phoeh Hoon, who was the advisor and Director of Coaching of the Squash Rackets Association of Penang.
Nicol had been playing squash since the age of five. Her first national level win was at the Milo-Dunlop National Junior Interstate Championship in 1992, where she bagged a silver medal. It was the start of more medals and trophies. That same year, she won the Scottish Junior nOpen Under 12 title, and collected another four medals in 1995 and 1996.
In 1999, at the age of 15, Nicol David won the Women's World Junior Squash Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, making her the youngest woman to claim the title. She was to repeat the feat in 2001, becoming only one of two squash players in history to have scored such an achievement. By 2005, she has clinched the world number one ranking for women in squash.
Nicol David has been given a number of national awards. On 7 June, 2008, she was awarded the Order of Merit, in conjunction with the birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, making her the first recipient of the award since its creation in 1975, in recognition of her contribution to the arts, science and humanity. And it did not stop there. A month later, on 12 July, 2008, Nicol was among 28 people awarded the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri, DSPN, in conjunction with the birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. The award carries the title Datuk. She is the youngest person in Malaysia to have been honoured with a Datukship.
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