Nicol has no regrets on leaving Scotland for England
24 July 2002
World number one Peter Nicol has no regrets about his much-publicised decision to represent England instead of Scotland at the Games.
“I played for Scotland in various capacities for 20 years, but it was a professional decision to further my career to move to the England team,” he said:
“I was never offered support in Scotland. It was a decision I made at the time and would make again if faced with the same situation today.”
One of only three gold medallists for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur four years ago, Nicol has changed his approach to major tournaments.
“As you get older and gain more experience, you need to improve your technical abilities to compensate for any deterioration in your physical fitness,” he added.
“It’s a fine balancing line. I’m in great shape and a better player than I was four years ago.”
But Nicol, who has lived in England for 12 years, remembers fondly the moment when he felt that first Commonwealth gold medal was his.
“There was a point in the fifth game against Jonathon (Power) when I won a vital point and thought that was the turning point and I would win gold. It seems a long time ago now, but I’ve got great memories and I want to repeat that success next week here in Manchester.”
If, as expected, he reaches the final, 29-year-old Nicol will meet Canadian rival Jonathon Power on 31 July.