How It All Started

My interest in cue sports began, when as a child we moved next door to a social club.  I started to go into the club most evenings from the age of about 13 and played English pool all night.  The rules of the club were to put your name on the board to play and the winner stays on.  Obviously the more I played the better I got and some nights I would stay on the table all night, it was great.

 My Snooker Days

I then got introduced to snooker through my older brother.  We had a set routine of every Saturday morning he would pick up his wages from his paper round and off down to the snooker club we would go.  The snooker club was at the bottom of a steep hill so going to the club was great fun as my brother would stand on the back of my chair, I would hold the cues, whilst flying down the hill.  Unfortunately the journey back wasn’t so good for my brother as most of the time he would lose and then have to push me back up the long steep hill (those were the days).

Snooker 2

I then joined the British Wheelchair Cue Sports Snooker Association  (BWCSA)  which was a snooker tour for wheelchair players.  I had great success over the years winning many tournaments and becoming the No 1 ranked player in the UK.

Two players on the tour found out about a wheelchair 9 ball pool competition in the USA and that it was open to any wheelchair players around the world.  These two players went over to a few of the tournaments and came back to the UK saying how great the events were.

American Pool Begins

As a result, the first team competition was set up with 12 of the best players in Europe going over to the States to take on 12 of the best American players.  The event was called the Rider Cup and comprised of 2 competitions 1 team event and 1 doubles event.

The events were a great success with ESPN sports channel being involved.  This gave us the players TV exposure like we had never before.  The relationship between the Europeans and Americans grew year on year and more and more competitions like the Rider Cup were staged.

Roy Pool

As a result of our success in the USA – American Wheelchair pool was developed and promoted in the UK.  We now    have a British Wheelchair Tour called British Wheelchair PoolPlayers Association. (BWPPA)

I have enjoyed continued success playing in the BWPPA and have won many competitions and find myself currently No.1 in the ranking (for further details go to my Blogs Page).

In 2009 I decided to join the Great Britain 9 Ball Pool Tour (GB9).  This was a big step for me as I have never played on an able-bodied pool tour before.  GB9 boasts some of the best players in the world and is home to current 2009 World No.1 Darren Appleton.

I am enjoying the tough competition playing on the GB9 tour getting some heavy beats but also some great scalps along the way.  Although wheelchair pool will always be my number one priority and the standard in the wheelchair game is very high I have found that playing on the GB9 Tour has developed my game further and has encouraged me to train harder (for further details go to my Blogs Page).

The future

My main goal for the next 5 years is to maintain my No.1 status in the UK for wheelchair pool.  I also hope to increase my overseas titles and become one of if not the best player in the world.

Closing Statement

Cue sports has given me a great deal of pleasure over the last 25 years and has enabled me to travel to some of the most stunning places in the world.

In American Pool (particularly 9Ball) anything is possible so if you are young or old, male or female, have a disability or not and you have a love for cue sports then give it a go.  American Pool is a fast growing sport world-wide and I’m sure will soon receive more media coverage in the coming years