Bonnell Enjoys Masters Visit

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The WDBS was pleased to welcome Graham Bonnell to the 2016 Dafabet Masters last week at the Alexandra Palace.

Bonnell won his category in Gloucester last November

Bonnell won his category in Gloucester last November

Winner of the Group 1/2 event at the 2015 Open Disability Snooker Championship in Gloucester last November, Bonnell was invited to see the matches between John Higgins and Liang Wenbo, and Neil Robertson and Marco Fu on Wednesday.

Between sessions, he was also given a guided tour of the venue by Master of Ceremonies Rob Walker, with the chance to watch the likes of Jimmy White and Mark Allen in action on the practice tables, as well as see the main arena and media centre.

From Oxted, Surrey, Bonnell was rewarded for his performances at the inaugural WDBS event, which saw him drop just one frame on his way to victory in his category at the South West Snooker Academy.

Graham watches Jimmy White on one of the practice tables

Graham looks on as former Masters champion Jimmy White pots balls on one of the practice tables

A fan of snooker for over 30 years, Graham was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1983 when he was just 18, in which he suffered a broken neck. Some years later he was invited to play snooker at the local British Legion and has since gone on to captain a team in his local league.

Upon hearing about the formation of the WDBS and the Open Disability Snooker Championship online, Graham decided to enter the event and eventually triumphed with a 3-0 victory against Glyn Lloyd in the final.

To read more about the tournament, including full knock-out results, please click here.

Click here for more photos from Graham’s visit to the Dafabet Masters.