I began playing snooker when I was about 2 years old, and I began playing with 3 marbles and using my mums knitting needle as a cue. When I was 4 I got my first Steve Davis Pot Black table and I loved it! I’d pretend to be playing in the Crucible, or whatever tournament was on at the time. Every few years I would get a new table moving up in sizes, I think the last home table I had was a 6ft pool table when I was 9. I didn’t play on a full size table until I was 12, because of my disability, as I got older I was no longer able to stretch out my left hand to make a bridge for the cue, so with the help of my uncle who is an engineer I began using different cueing aids. Over the years I’ve tried different things out, and it’s just been trial and error.
In June 2002 I entered my first disability snooker tournament in Wakefield, I got beat but I enjoyed it and I knew I wanted to play in more tournaments. It was around this time that I discovered 9-ball pool on Sky, snooker players like Steve Davis and Jimmy White used to play in the 9-ball pool World Championship, that combined with a much more active wheelchair 9-ball pool scene persuaded me to switch from playing snooker to 9-ball pool in 2006. In April 2007 I entered my first BWPPA tour event in Manchester and I haven’t looked back since.
I began playing snooker when I was 2 so around 1990/91 ish, but competitively from 2002 to 2005, and I’ve been playing 9-ball pool since 2006. I love 9-ball pool because it’s much more attacking than snooker, it’s fast and furious but with tension as well. I still love snooker, but more as a fan now. I wouldn’t rule out playing again though, especially with the new WDBS association. My technique has developed greatly over the last 15 years, mainly with practise but Darren Appleton has helped with coaching too. I love playing at my practise base Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, it’s like a second home. George Vetters and the staff really look after me, and the members all follow my progress. I also love playing at the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury.
In 5 years time hopefully the BWPPA tour is still going strong and doing great things for wheelchair pool. As well as still competing on the BWPPA tour, I would like to be competing on the GB9ball tour, and I’d like to be in a position to enter more tournaments worldwide. My favourite pool players are Darren Appleton, Efren Reyes and Ralf Souquet. Jimmy White, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis are the snooker players who inspired me to play and compete.
In the future I’d like to compete on the GB9ball tour as well as being a regular in other international events such as the World Championship and European Championship.