PETALING JAYA: Eight-time world squash champion Nicol David has paid a fitting tribute to the late National Sports Institute (NSI) therapist Ronald Fauvel.
Canadian Fauvel, who was part of the elite Podium Programme, died on Thursday after suffering from breathing difficulties. He was 58.
Nicol, who had been under Fauvel’s care for 20 years, took to Facebook to dedicate her gratitude to the late therapist, who was cremated yesterday.
“Ronald’s passion for his work went beyond our comprehension. He made sure that whoever he worked with was in his rightful care and his commitment was 100%,” Nicol wrote.
“I trusted him the moment I started working with him when I was only 14. He cared for me immediately, demonstrating his genuine loving heart.
“He saw that I had a unique physique made to win and he promised to assist me in any way so that I could continue in this chosen passion of mine for a very long time.
“Ronald was also our loving teddy bear who was ready to give anyone a hug. He’s always there to lend a helping hand because he had a heart of gold.
“Thank you Ronald for always having my back and for being there with me through my highs and lows.
“Most of all, thank you for being the best friend and family to me and it’s been my honour to spend my entire squash career with you,” concluded Nicol, who will look to get her focus back on track when she competes in the World Series Finals in Dubai beginning on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old is in Group B with Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and Englishwomen Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry.