INTERNATIONAL school Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ) welcomed Malaysian squash queen Datuk Nicol Ann David to inspire its squash hopefuls.
The 35-year-old eight-time world squash champion committed the day to sharing her experiences
and providing guidance to young squash enthusiasts at KTJ as well as to students from neighbouring schools.
Speaking at the launch of KTJ’s newly refurbished squash courts at the school premises in Mantin, Nicol said, “I am thrilled and honoured to share my journey with KTJ’s young squash hopefuls, as well as students from surrounding schools.
“I look forward to spending my time with the students today and sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for the game.”
Also present were Malaysian sports administrator and KTJ trustee Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, KTJ principal Dr Glenn Moodie, and representatives from the Negri Sembilan Squash Association.
Tunku Imran said, “KTJ has a history of producing national sports players, including Malaysian squash players Sivasangari Subramaniam, the current world number 49, and Harleein Tan, Asia’s top-ranked Under-13 player.
“I am sure our sportsmen and women, and indeed all students at KTJ, will take inspiration from Nicol and her achievements. We believe sport is central to education and to building the next generation of well-rounded and responsible citizens.”
Dr Moodie added, “I want to remind our students that squash, and sport in general, is not about winning medals but about the journey towards becoming a better version of oneself.
“Sport teaches us a great deal about life and about learning.
“Nicol is an inspiration to all our young sportsmen and women. As an elite athlete, she has honed the higher-order learning skills we wish to see in all our students.
“Her resilience, her perseverance, and her ability to see failure as an opportunity to improve are lessons to us all. Such commitment and initiative are the key to success in life, ” he added.
KTJ primary school pupil Wayne Quek Guan You, said, “This is my first time seeing Nicol so I feel great. It has also made me feel more brave and I have more confidence to play internationally.”
Ashwini, 11, from SK Seremban 2B, said, “I feel so happy. It has always been my dream to meet her. I feel inspired to follow in her footsteps, study well, train hard and become a world champion one day.”
Following the launch of the school’s squash courts, Nicol signed a commemorative plaque for the school, autographed a specially made KTJ jersey and sat in for a question-and-answer session with the young squash talents.