Gloucester Winners to Qualify for WSF Championships

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is delighted to confirm that there will be an extra special incentive on offer for each of the six winners at this month’s inaugural Parris Cues Champion of Champions event in Gloucester.

The all-new invitational event will be played on 20-21 October 2018 and see the most successful four players from each of our six regular group events (1-2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7 and 8) dating back to 2015, compete to become the Champion of Champions in their classification group and be presented with the new Nick Oliver Trophy.

As first announced to the players at the recent Open Disability Snooker Championship, we can today confirm that courtesy of regular WDBS sponsor 360Fizz, our new champions will also be offered the incredible opportunity to compete at next year’s WSF Championships in the United Arab Emirates, organised by the World Snooker Federation (WSF).

First staged in Malta earlier this year, the WSF Championships is an international event which provides the world’s best amateur players the chance to compete for a place on the World Snooker Tour and places at other prestigious international events. Next year’s event will be played at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time from 28 March – 7 April 2019 and will also incorporate a Seniors event and the World Women’s Snooker Championship.

Following an agreement reached with the WSF and the support of 360Fizz, WDBS will fund the entry of each of the six winners in Gloucester, together with the reasonable cost of flights and hotels for the duration of the period that the players are competing in the event.

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer said: “I am thrilled to be able to make this announcement on what is a significant day in our journey. Since our formation in 2015 we have been committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to play snooker competitively, not only against each other but also in major able-bodied tournaments and through our membership of the WSF we are able to do just that.

“Already at this year’s WSF Championships in Malta we met players from Iceland and Israel who were competing with disabilities and today’s announcement is a fantastic incentive for each of our 24 players who will be competing in Gloucester this month to be able to join them in Dubai.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors 360Fizz who have been such strong supporters of disability snooker so far this season and we look forward to working with closely in the future.”

Jonny Welch of 360Fizz added: “I am proud to be able to play a part in helping these incredible players be able to compete at such an important international tournament as the WSF Championships. It has been a pleasure both for me personally and for 360Fizz to support WDBS so far this season and I would like to wish all of the players competing in Gloucester for these places in Gloucester the very best of luck!”

The Parris Cues Champion of Champions will take place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on 20-21 October 2018. Further information including confirmation of the 24 players who will be competing at the tournament will be released shortly.

Learn more about the WSF Championships: https://www.worldsnookerfederation.org/u-a-e-to-host-wsf-championships-2019/