World Disability Billiards And Snooker (WDBS) is a body created in 2015 to give more people with disabilities the opportunity to play cue sports.
The WDBS has been set up under the auspices of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), with guidance from Activity Alliance.
Since its formation the WDBS has successfully staged several snooker events for people with disabilities, including both open days and competitive tournaments.
Events are open to people with a range of physical, learning and sensory disabilities as set out within our classification system.
The WPBSA’s Nigel Mawer is chairman of the body, with vice chairman Simon Berrisford, WPBSA World Snooker coach Bob Hill and tournament director Clive Brown also on the board.
WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer
“Snooker and Billiards are among the few sports which can be played by anyone, regardless of age and gender, and the WDBS will give more chances to people with disabilities to meet up and play competitively. I would like to thank Activity Alliance (formerly EFDS) for their specialist advice as creating the correct framework at this early stage is vital to our international success.
“We aim to work with the international, regional and national governing body structure and in the longer term we would like to expand this out to community programmes. We would like to hear from any organisation or body that is willing to contribute to our sport’s growth in this area.”
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson:
“Under the World Confederation of Billiards Sports and working with a number of global partners, we recently put together a fantastic bid to get cue sports included in the Olympics, and while this narrowly failed, we remain determined to get recognition in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our sport is a sport for all and we strive to break down any boundaries and get more people involved at all levels.”
World Snooker Federation
In 2017 World Disability Billiards and Snooker joined the new World Snooker Federation, the new International Federation for snooker which aims to bring together amateur and professional snooker worldwide.
Together both bodies will work to provide new opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in competitive, international tournaments for all.