PETALING JAYA: Chase after your dreams!
This is what Datuk Nicol David has encouraged thousands of her fans to do after winning the World Games’ Greatest Athlete of All Time, beating many other stars in their own right via an online poll as the Games celebrated its 40 years anniversary.
“I hope this will inspire others to dream big or just go for what you are passionate about, ” said Nicol, who dominated the junior and senior scenes for more than two decades before retiring in 2019.
“When I was young, I never thought of anything else other than playing squash. I went for it, because of my passion, it drove me forward to push the barriers, and see where it led me.
“Eventually, my dreams came true, I’m finally here, and others can see for themselves as well, ” said Nicol, in a short video interview exclusive for The Star, which saw an intruder making a grand entrance.
It was none other than her cat.
“Sorry, for the intruder. Her name is Viena and she loves the camera, ” said Nicol, bursting out in laughter.
She also has another furry friend, which she has named Celia. They have been with her for four years now.
“To all the fans back home, thanks so much for all your support and votes. Viena says thank you so much too, you guys have been the best.”
The eight-time world champion Nicol has been based in Colombia since the movement control order started last March.
The 37-year-old Nicol has been planning for her future and has been engaging via online with sports stakeholders to see how best she can lift the profile of the game and empower others.
“This recent recognition has given me more belief that I can continue to inspire people to do what they love and fight hard for what they dream of achieving, ” said Nicol, who reigned as the world No. 1 for nine years and won 81 professional titles in total, spanning from 2006-2015.
While excited with her recognition and good fortune this year, Nicol has not forgotten all the athletes in the country, currently grappling to find their footing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our athletes have a huge capacity to adapt in tough situations, ” said Nicol.
“They just have to continue to build on a positive mindset and find new ways to keep themselves motivated, ” she added.