Nicol Ann David on Empowering Women (Youth) to Take Up Sports
Our very own Penangite born 36 years old Datuk Nicol Ann David is a renowned female Malaysian professional squash player and currently ranked 6th in the world. With no introduction needed, she’s on top of her game and known as the record-breaker of 8 times, World Championship titles throughout 2005 until 2014.
Nicol is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice in 1999 and 2001. Another color of Nicol is her strong beliefs in empowering youth especially girls in sports.
“Sports will build significant values that will help the kids in building self-esteem, confidence and the courage to take on the day,” she said.
“Sport starts from home and it starts with the parents to encourage their kids to pick up sports because it will benefit them in the long run” Nicol added.
Holding the world No. 1 spot for 108 consecutive months in her 20 years career, Nicol urges through her foundation that she hopes to empower young girls through sports and squash in particular. In order to do so, she will be involved in a series of talks and writing articles.
There are three values that she lives by -power, determination and heart. The three-pointers are the core representation of one Nicol Ann David. She believes in a movement to include everyone and easily followed.
“I will be working closely with the Professional Squash Association to increase the visibility of the women’s professional tour and help female players gain more recognition and grow,” she adds.
On top of that, the UNDP National Goodwill ambassador launches a new awareness campaign for women participation in sports and fair treatment to female athletes June last year. All in the hopeful of more female participation in sports to not only bring honor to the nation but for them to feel good about themselves. She believes that youth can be a positive force for development, peace, and democracy.
On an inspirational note, Nicol should be put out there as a role model to Malaysians especially women to be more certain in themselves, their passion, and their achievements. She said to those who are battling insecurity and felt that sports will make them less of a feminine, to think of the opposite when they do sports.
“It will help them feel prettier, they will also look and feel fresh. Not to mention, they will have good skin because they are sweating it out. They can do so much more if they have sports in their lives.”
Gathering spirits to take up sports may be intimidating at first, but it’ll be worth it in the long run of an individual, especially to the girls. Girls should be able to feel just as powerful as how boys are in the sports arena, and it starts with believing in themselves.