Throwback – World Disability Snooker from 2015 – 2024…

Throwback – World Disability Snooker from 2015 – 2024…

TODAY IS THE ANNUAL WORLD DISABILITY SNOOKER DAY IN SHEFFIELD…

Here are the estimates from 2020/21 from the House of  Commons Library, which states that…

How many people have a disability? The latest estimates from the Department for Work and Pensions’ Family Resources Survey indicate that 16.0 million people in the UK had a disability in the 2021/22 financial year. This represents 24% of the total population.

Next month, the World Disability Snooker Association will hold another staging of the Hull Open, which so far has seen 62 entries with entries to the event ending on May 10.

The event, which takes place on the 17 – 19th May, sees Groups 1 – 8 compete in the event which has been hosted at the Tradewell Snooker Club since 2016 on a record ten occasions.

In last year’s Hull Open, there were 72 entries in total.

Here’s a snippet from the Activity Alliance back in 2016, when the WDBS was growing…

“Entry numbers almost doubled from the previous year at the second Open Disability Snooker Championship across five disability classification groups (groups 1-5). As in 2015, three main competitions were contested, together with a Challenge Cup event for players not qualifying for the knockout stages.

First the first time at a WDBS event, prize money was offered to the finalists of each category, as well as the overall high break- thanks to support from Renishaw plc and the Paul Hunter Foundation.

The article then added further on: “For the first time the WDBS also held a Learning Disability Snooker Festival with the support of Special Olympics Gloucestershire. The event included a formal six-red tournament, which saw Rich Yendle defeat David Mac to claim the title. Residents from Leonard Cheshire, who had previously visited the World Championship in Sheffield earlier this year, also visited during the festival and enjoyed opportunities to both watch and play snooker.

The tournament was supported throughout by WPBSA World Snooker coaches Tim Squires, Bob Hill and Danielle Findlay.

Over 200 players have competed at World Disability Billiards and Snooker competitions so far.

Back in January, this website writer reported on the WDBS staged at Woking with an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with the WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson.

 

Here’s an INTERVIEW SNOOKERZONE’S CHRIS GAYNOR did with DAVID CHURCH a while ago…

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Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!