Nicol David in action during last week's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
Nicol David Honoured During ToC Week
Malaysian eight-time World Champion Nicol David, the longest-reigning World No.1 in the history of squash, was presented with the Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Award during a luncheon attended by more than 300 guests at the Yale Club, New York last week.
The award, which recognises the outstanding contribution of women within the squash community, is the marquee presentation of the Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Program, which supports female athletes, women who lead, and equality. It marked the first time David has been officially recognised outside of Malaysia – where she has received a Datukship, akin to a British knighthood, in her home state of Penang and an Order of Merit.
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Not only has she led by example on court throughout her career, David has also led the drive for squash's Olympic inclusion, and championed equality in prize money and playing opportunities, inspiring and empowering others throughout all she has done.
In August 2006, David ascended to the top of the rankings and stayed there for a total of 9 years and 4 months and was presented with the WLP Award by BBC anchor, Laura Trevelyan, while H.E. Einar Gunnarsson, Ambassador from Iceland to the United Nations, was also in attendance.
”It is a huge honour to presented the ToC Women’s Leadership Award,” said David.
“This is the first time that I am receiving an award outside of Malaysia, which makes this extra special. To be a Malaysian receiving an award here in the US is definitely an achievement.
“I really appreciate that the squash community in the US has recognised my accomplishments and I am proud to have contributed in some way in this country. I appreciate everyone for seeing my leadership for women in sport through squash, within the US and hopefully the rest of the world.”
PSA Deputy Chairman Ashley Bernhard said: “Nicol in an inspirational figure, not just for women in squash, but for women in all sectors of society. Her achievements speak for themselves, but it is her unrelenting professionalism, approachable manner and mental strength that stand her out as a true women’s icon.”