KUALA LUMPUR: The “Dream Remains” – and it’s a dream come true for squash legend Datuk Nicol David.
The 36-year-old will be hosting a two-day exhibition squash event at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil from today and says she always wanted to organise such an event to give back to society.
The event will feature exhibition matches involving national No. 1 Low Wee Wern alongside world No. 6 Sarah-Jane Perry of England, world No. 22 Tinne Gilis of Belgium and world No. 29 Holllie Naughton of Canada starting at 5pm today.
At the same time, Nicol and four professionals will also hold squash clinics for 133 children from morning till the afternoon on both days.
Nicol herself will also take to the court to play against a national junior boy and girl player over the course of two days.
“I’ve always wanted to organise such an event where squash can be a hub for the future of the youth and also to bring top professionals from abroad and in Malaysia to compete, ” Nicol told a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“This event means a lot to me and and it’s a chance to give back to the youth and the public who have given me so much growing up in Malaysia.”
“Yes, my body is still working and I still try to keep fit by spending time in the gym and on the courts. Because if I stopped working out and kept on eating the way I ate during my playing days, I would just get rounder and rounder, ” Nicol joked.
Asked why she didn’t want to play in the exhibition matches, she replied: “I would have liked to play but I want this to be about them because my time has ended and I want the focus of the main event to be on them. For me, I just wanted to be a side story.”
Wee Wern, the world No. 24, added that giving the children a chance to see Nicol in action on the court would be an inspiration to them.
“Malaysians haven’t seen Nicol playing in Malaysia for many years (since the Malaysian Open in 2014). Hopefully, with her presence here, squash will get more publicity and just for the juniors to be able to see her live and how she conducts herself on and off the court first hand, will be an inspiration to many.”