Popular personal therapist to Nicol David
By ALAN THATCHER and SEAN REUTHE
Squash players all over the world have offered tributes following the sudden death of Ronald Fauvel, a popular figure at major tournaments as a personal therapist to eight-times world champion Nicol David of Malaysia.
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) last night issued a release to extend their deepest condolences to the family of National Sports Institute of Malaysia Sports Therapist Fauvel after the 56-year-old sadly passed away.
He had accompanied Nicol David to major tournaments across the globe since 1997. Ronald was a respected member of the squash community and his presence on the PSA World Tour will be sorely missed.
Ronald, from Montreal, Canada, leaves behind a wife and two children and his cremation will be held on Saturday June 3 at the Gui Yuan Crematorium in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
“On behalf of everyone associated with the PSA, I would like to express our sincerest condolences to Ronald’s family at this sad and difficult time,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“Ronald has been integral to the incredible success of Nicol David’s career and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone connected to Ronald after this tragic loss.”
Former Malaysian No.1 Ong Beng Hee Tweeted: “Sad to hear about Ronald Fauvel. Condolences. Thanks for all the treatments and Years together on tour.”
Fauvel himself posted a message on Twitter on May 26 saying: No illnesses will stop me from watching my Pittsburgh Penguins 🐧 @ Hospital Kuala Lumpur(HKL)
The Star’s reporter Kng Zheng Guan wrote:
PETALING JAYA: The sports fraternity suffered a loss with the passing of 56-year-old massage therapist Ronald Fauvel (pix), who served with the National Sports Institute (NSI) for 23 years.
Fauvel, who was from Montreal, Canada, died on Wednesday after being admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for breathing difficulties.
He joined NSI in 1994 and was an expert in assessing physical and muscle imbalances that compromise the performance of athletes and worked in the physiotherapy unit of NSI’s sports medicine division for many years.
Fauvel, who was one of the therapists under the Podium Programme, leaves behind a wife and two children.
The wake will be held at the Gui Yuan Crematorium in Petaling Jaya at 7pm Thursday.
The ambitious Podium Programme is one of eight initiatives under the Youth and Sports Ministry’s High Performance Framework.
It involves a select group of athletes and coaches and aims to produce consistent and sustainable podium finishes for Malaysian athletes in the international arena.
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Picture courtesy of PSA