Q&A with John Twist

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John Twist is a jack of all trades. He’s not just a referee who’s refereed some of the top players in the game, he’s also a coach, a business owner, and a decent snooker player to boot, judging by his highest break of 79.

Originally, SnookerZone caught up with him when writing for Blasting News to talk about his Community Snooker project at the Halton Community Snooker Academy in Widnes.

The project set up was to organize corporate team-building events in snooker surroundings bringing business employees together to strengthen their team unit in business. It’s something that snooker can be used for as the game is very much concentration based!

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We spoke to John in this Q&A as a catch-up…Find out what he had to say below…

Can you state your name, age and where you are based?

John Twist – Age 59 – Based in Widnes Cheshire. 

How did you get into snooker?

When I was 13 my neighbour took me down to my former primary school where there was a club attached with 2 tables. I am self-taught. 

What made you want to become a referee/coach?

I became a referee when our league decided we needed some qualified referees.

Passed my class3 than spent the next 4 years gaining my class 2 and 1 referee certificates.

I’m a grade 2 certified coach.

Have you played in leagues/events and if so which ones?

I play in the Widnes and district billiards and snooker league and enter competitions in the Merseyside and North West billiards competitions (county competitions).

What’s your highest break?

If you were to create your own training aid product what would it be?

I’ve not created my own aid, but, at the moment, I hope to have some aids made that people on the disability circuit can use. It’s like a rest only you move it about with your cue. It’s for the smaller children who can’t reach but using a rest is more awkward. 

What tip/s can you give to those wanting to progress in the game?

Leave the women alone and put the work in!

Who do you most admire in the game?

Steve Davis has put so much into the game and is still working hard. 

Is there much talent coming through in your neck of the woods?

There’s an awful lot of talent over here and Merseyside has won the county championship 3 times and have never been beaten and won both gold and silver medals this season. 

Have you got a nickname?

Cueball, because my son and people in work call me because my head shines because I’m bald!

Finally, can you give us three things that people who don’t know you (or those who do) may not know about you? 

Well just over two years ago I had a major operation and I’m lucky to be alive and also have legs – very lucky!

I have suffered from depression since my operation and also my mum passed away and I kept it bottled up inside me but now it’s out in the open after getting help and I feel such a big weight off my shoulders.  Whoever reads this don’t leave it like I did – get help!

At the moment, I’ve spoken to a lady about getting a room big enough to hold 2 tables in for my New training facilities for kids/adults and people with disabilities.

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SnookerZone would like to thank John for taking the time to do a short Q&A with us and hope his project continues to engage businesses with snooker!

Go to his business page here and find out more

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