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Name David Nicol Ann
NOC MAS - Malaysia Malaysia Date of Birth 26 AUG 1983
Residence Gender Female
Height 163 cm Weight 55 kg
Discipline Squash

Squash

BiographiesResult
Start Date Start Time Event Score Results Opponent
Name NOC
Women's Singles
23 SEP 2014 12 : 00 Women's Singles Gold Medal Match 3 - 1 Win Low Wee Wern MAS - Malaysia MAS
22 SEP 2014 14 : 00 Women's Singles Semi-Final Match 1 3 - 0 Win Pallikal Dipika Rebecca IND - India IND
21 SEP 2014 14 : 00 Women's Singles Quarterfinal Match 1 3 - 0 Win Kobayashi Misaki JPN - Japan JPN
Women's Team
24 SEP 2014 10 : 00 Women's Team Group play stage Group A Match 1 3 - 0 Win Japan JPN - Japan JPN

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Asian Games
1Singles2010Guangzhou, CHN
1Team2010Guangzhou, CHN
1Singles2006Doha, QAT
1Singles1998Bangkok, THA
2Singles2002Busan, KOR
World Open
1Singles2012Camana Bay, CAY
1Singles2011Rotterdam, NED
1Singles2010Sharm El Sheikh, EGY
1Singles2009Amsterdam, NED
1Singles2008Manchester, GBR
1Singles2006Belfast, GBR
1Singles2005Hong Kong, CHN
3Singles2013Georgetown, MAS
3Singles2004Kuala Lumpur, MAS
3Singles2003Hong Kong, CHN
9Singles2007Madrid, ESP
World Team Championships
3Team2012Nimes, FRA
3Team2010Palmerston North, NZL
3Team2008Cairo, EGY
Asian Championships
1Singles2011Georgetown, MAS
1Singles2010Chennai, IND
1Singles2008Kuwait
1Team2008Kuwait
3Team2010Chennai, IND
Commonwealth Games
1Singles2014Glasgow, GBR
5Doubles W2014Glasgow, GBR
World Ranking
1Singles2014

Detailed Information

Biography
Nickname The Smiling Assassin (squashtalk.com 05 May 2009)
Hobbies Cooking, art and design. (princesquash.com, 29 Jan 2014)
Occupation Athlete
Higher education University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
Languages Spoken English, Malay
Club Squash City, Amsterdam, NED
Coach Liz Irving (AUS) from 2003 (ussquash.com, 18 May 2014)
Plays Right (squashinfo.com, 05 Aug 2013)
Sporting / famous Relatives Her sisters Lianne and Cheryl have both played squash at national level in Malaysia. Her father represented the state of Penang in athletics, football and hockey. (nytimes.com, 18 Sep 2014; nurain4e.blogspot.com, 30 Sep 2013)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She began playing squash at age five. (britannaica.com, 03 Jul 2013)

Reason for taking up this sport
One of her father's friends built the first public squash centre in Penang, Malaysia. Her older sisters Lianne and Cheryl played the sport, and she began going along with them. (squashstars.com, 25 Dec 2012; wispa.net, 02 Nov 2006)

Ambitions
To help get squash into the 2020 Olympic Games and win an Olympic gold medal. (wsaworldtour.com, 17 May 2013; nicoldavid.com, 01 Jan 2013)

Training
She trains for up to four hours a day, six days a week in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (leaderonomics.com, 21 Jun 2014)

Hero
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (princesquash.com, 29 Jan 2014)

Most influential person in career
Her parents. (princesquash.com, 29 Jan 2014)

Superstitions / Rituals
She listens to music either to inspire her and get her up for a match or as part of her post-match celebrations. (nicoldavid.com, 01 Jan 2013)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live life to the fullest." (nicoldavid.com, 01 Jan 2013)

Awards
She was one of six athletes chosen to carry the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. An athlete was chosen from each region of the Commonwealth, and David represented the eight Asian nations competing at the Games. (bernama.com.my, 11 Jun 2014)

She was named the Women's Squash Association [WSA] Player of the Year for six consecutive years between 2005 and 2010. She also won the award in 2012. (wsaworldtour.com, 2013; squashmagazine.com, 2012)

She was inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame in November 2011, becoming the first active player to be receive the honour. (worldsquash.org, 10 Nov 2011)

She was voted Malaysia's Sportswoman of the Year for the eighth time in 2011. (worldsquash.org, 10 Nov 2011)

In 2008 she was presented with the Order of Merit by the King of Malaysia Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. (nicoldavidonline.com, 05 May 2009)

She was one of the first entrants into Malaysia's SportExcel Hall of Fame in July 2002. (The Star, 09 Jul 2002)

General
TURNING POINT
She believes relocating to the Netherlands in 2003 to join up with coach Liz Irving really launched her career. "The move to Amsterdam got me to go back a step and break everything down from scratch. I started from pretty much zero to build my technique and my movement and learn how to volley well. In the seniors it was a whole different ball game as opposed to being in the juniors. That was my turning point to be where I am right now." (nytimes.com, 18 Sep 2014)

TENNIS INSPIRATION
She takes a lot from tennis. "I watch tennis because it's so close to how squash is. You see how top players handle crucial moments. You can watch what they do and how they compose themselves. I really learn a lot and, hopefully, I can take their best points and bring it into my game as well." (nytimes.com, 18 Sep 2014)

CONTINENTAL FIRST
She was the first Asian female squash player to be ranked number one in the world. (nytimes.com, 18 Sep 2014)

SQUASH CENTRE
She has a squash centre, where she began playing the sport, named after her in her home city of Penang, Malaysia. The squash centre was formerly called Penang International Squash Centre, but was it renamed in her honour in August 2012. (penang-traveltips.com, 18 Sep 2012)

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