KUALA LUMPUR: National squash queen and the world’s No. 1 player Datuk Nicol David was yesterday accorded a honorary major of the Royal Malaysian Air Forces (RMAF) Volunteer Reserve.
She received her insignia from RMAF chief Jen Tan Sri Rodzali Daud at Wisma Pertahanan in Jalan Semarak, here.
Nicol said she had never thought she would be receiving the prestigious award, and hoped it would spur her to achieve more success in the coming squash tournaments.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Jen Tan Sri Rodzali and the RMAF for honouring me with this prestigious award,” an elated Nicol told reporters after the function.
Nicol said she would continue her training under Australian Liz Irving in Amsterdam, Holland.
“The season has just started and I will compete in a few tournaments such as the Carol Weymuller Open in New York, China Open, World Team Championship in France and World Open in Cayman Islands,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rodzali, said Nicol was the first athlete to be conferred with such an award because she really deserved it as she had achieved numerous successes at international squash tournaments. “She (Nicol) represents our youths in our country today and she has inspired our youth and our workforce (RMAF) to be like her. She has shown great dedication and hard work, besides a never-say-die attitude to become world champion in squash,” he added.
Rodzali said RMAF hoped that the award would spur more youths in the country to join the air force, and also hoped that the future generation would emulate the hard work and dedication showed by Nicol in achieving success.
National men’s shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei was earlier awarded the honorary lieutenant commander rank by the Royal Malaysian Navy Volunteer Reserve last July. — Bernama