DATUK Nicol David, the world’s number one squash player, has snagged the Penang Governor’s Perdana Sports Award, the highest award accorded to an athlete by the state, for the fifth time.
She also took home the Best Female Athlete award in a ceremony held at a hotel in Penang on Sat-urday.
Her father Desmond David accepted the awards and RM3,000 on behalf of Nicol who could not be present as she was in Mexico competing in the Bicentario Internacional Squash 2010.
“I’m proud that she has won them. She deserves it,” he said.
The Best Male Athlete award was bagged by Datuk Lee Chong Wei, the world’s number one badminton player.
Chong Wei’s brother, Chong Hoon, received the trophies and RM3,000 on Chong Wei’s behalf.
Chong Wei is recovering from an ankle injury.
The Most Promising Male Athlete award went to N. Shoordendran (equestrian) and the Most Promising Female Athlete was won by Aggie Cheah Ruey Shin (wushu). Both walked away with trophies and RM2,000.
The men’s and women’s karate-kata teams were voted the Best Team (Male and Female categories) and were given RM2,500 each.
The Best Paralympian (Male) was Muhammad Faizal Izhar (athletics) while the Best Paralympian (Female) award went to Koh Lee Peng (swimming).
Each won RM1,000 and a trophy.
Yeap Beng Hee (karate-do) walked away with the Best Coach award while Loh Fooi Voo (basketball) bagged the Leadership Award. Each won RM1,000 and a trophy.
The Special Appreciation awards were handed out to Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (football), who was among the select few picked as referees for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and Kuan Huan Chin (motor sports) who has been in the motor sports scene since the 1960s.
In his speech, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said they would consider a higher allocation for sports in the upcoming state budget.
“We should show our commitment towards sports so that Penang can succeed in the field,” he said.
The state’s sports development funds project also known as ‘1 Ringgit, 1 Penangite, 1 Sports’ was also launched at the ceremony.
A collection box was then passed around for the guests to drop in RM1.
Among those present were the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, Penang state secretary Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman and state Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi.