Retired squash champion Nicol David has received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for her contribution to sport and her support towards positive education in empowering lives.

Taking to Facebook, the 38-year-old wrote that during her speech at the awarding ceremony of the honorary doctorate, she related to the graduates how her over 20 years of playing squash professionally had taught her great lessons.

"Life if never a straight forward path. We will encounter obstacles always in every step we take, some may be small, some may be big but we will always have to reroute to find our path.

"There is no right path in life, the beauty is finding the strength in you to push through when things get tough. Hard work will always pay off and being resilient for your dreams," she wrote, further urging people to stay over from people who don't encourage them.

This is because having a positive environment will definitely make a huge difference in a person reaching their dreams, Nicol added.

Even when one has achieved success, they must always be a good person and be compassionate to others, she stressed.

"If you’re a good person in your life and in the career path you take, that really is the most important thing.

"So, strive for your dreams and make this life count."

Nicol hung up her racquet in 2019 after an illustrious career in squash spanning almost two decades, and winning eight world titles between 2005 and 2014.

Between 2006 and 2015, Nicol reigned supreme in the sport's women's world rankings, and won 81 professional titles.

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