After an illustrious 20-year career, Malaysian squash queen Nicol David will finally retire as a professional squash player in June 2019.
Her retirement announcement on 19 February, prompted heartfelt social media posts from other Malaysian sportspeople, supporters and fans.
“After more than 20 years playing squash for Malaysia, competing on the professional tour and achieving the utmost best from my career being the only Malaysian athlete to achieve these accolades and to be recognised as the greatest female squash athlete of all time by my peers, I can proudly say that I am ready and happy to announce my retirement at the end of this seasonal tour,” she wrote in a statement released to the media and posted in the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) website, www.psaworldtour.com.
My first video launch for my motivational campaign series called ‘POWER’ and a personal sharing with the Malaysian media about my plans after retirement at today’s Media Day at #EQHotel— Nicol Ann David (@NicolDavid) March 27, 2019
Truly thankful for all the media’s support for coming today! #thedreamremains #power pic.twitter.com/0Jpl68Y8KJ
“This is a moment that every athlete must go through—to explore fully on what more there is in store for them. I am now at this point in my life, ready to take on more beyond the pro tour,” she added.
Nicol started playing squash at the tender age of five and rose through the ranks until she became an eight-time World Champion. The darling of Malaysian squash had also claimed three World Games gold medal, five Asian Games gold, two Commonwealth Games gold and two British Open titles.
In 2000, she turned pro and became the youngest world junior champion when she won the 1999 World Junior Squash Championships in Antwerp, Belgium at the age of 15.
Last year, Nicol was voted as the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T) by squash fans all around the world on the PSA website.
A great compilation by @wearelmnd from a previous interview of mine. Thanks for this! 😁🙌🏼 #thedreamremains#Repost @wearelmnd :-— Nicol Ann David (@NicolDavid) March 5, 2019
Tighten your grip and stand tall as you face your final call this June, Datuk @nicoldsquash. You are and will always be, our forever legend 🇲🇾 pic.twitter.com/2qN4ciefg3
Post-retirement, Nicol plans to contribute back to squash in three ways.
“By joining PSA and working closely with them to raise the awareness of our sport globally and to build a support team for our professional squash athletes as the continue to raise the bar on tour.
“By nurturing Malaysia’s younger generation through the Nicol David Foundation which seeks to empower girls through sport to reach their full potential. This will be refined fully in a strategic partnership with PwC to create the best structure and programme moving forward to have more girls playing sport, improve their study skill and soft skills too.
“To the people of Malaysia, I will be sharing my story, ‘Nurturing Beliefs’, through a series of talks and writings,” she said.
Throughout the next few months till the end of her seasonal tour in June, Nicol will be embarking on her ‘The Dream Remains’ (#thedreamremains) campaign where she shares everything that squash has given her.
“I would like to enjoy my last few tournaments together with everyone through this campaign in the hopes of giving all a chance to have their own dreams to go forth the way I plan to keep striving for,” shared Nicol.
We are all rooting for you, Nicol and may your next phase in life be filled with nothing but joy and wonderful discoveries. May all your dreams come true and wishing you the very best in all of your future endeavours! #thedreamremains