PETALING JAYA: Datuk Nicol David, an eight-time world champion, continues to make Malaysia proud.
The former international, arguably the greatest women’s player in the history of squash, is now one of the four of the greatest sports stars of the current generation selected as a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
The others in the most exclusive team in sport, are Lindsey Vonn (alpine skier), Jessica Ennis-Hill (athletics) and Paralympics hero Daniel Dias (swimming).
The news was announced during the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards in Seville, Spain on May 6. With their inclusion, the number of Laureus Academy members are now 71.
The pledge of these members is to use the power of sport to improve the lives of young people around the world.
Nicol, who has been a Laureus ambassador since 2014, said: “This is truly an incredible honour to be recognised by Laureus as an Academy member together with all the sporting greats in their field that have impacted the world of sports.
“I’ve always dreamed of being part of Laureus even when I was a young athlete.
“Sport is life-changing and it has certainly changed my life. I will do my very best to contribute in fulfilling Laureus’ vision by reaching out to more children and communities in need through sport in my own country Malaysia and globally as well, ” added Nicol, who retired in 2019.
She was No.1 in the world for a record-breaking 108 months until September 2015, and won the World Open a record eight times between 2005 and 2014. She also won the British Open five times and two Commonwealth Games gold medals.