From: Sutton Coldfield, England
Played since: 2001
WDBS Classification: Profile 14, Group 3
WDBS Highlights: 2017 Welsh Open winner, 2015 Open Disability Snooker Championship winner, 2017 Manchester Classic winner, 2016 Manchester Classic runner-up
One of our original players who competed at the inaugural WDBS event in Gloucester back in 2015, Daniel Blunn has now firmly established himself as one of the most prolific WDBS tournament winners.
A real snooker enthusiast, Daniel was born with cerebral palsy, predominantly affecting the right side of his body and first came across the sport as young as four years old. Six years later he began to play on a full-size table for the first time and would compete against his fellow junior players at the Tamworth Snooker Centre.
Back in 2016 Blunn told wdbs.info:
“The most positive aspect of playing snooker for me is that first of all it is an enjoyable sport. There is plenty of scope for improvement and where you can progress in the game. There is something in it for everybody. I’m privileged to be able to play in these tournaments.
“It is also a great way for me to be able to shut off from work. It gives me enjoyment and targets to see where I can progress to. It’s like a bit of me time, it gives me a life away from work.”
At the time of writing Blunn has won three WDBS titles, including the 2017 Welsh Open at which he emerged victorious from a field of 48 players from all eight WDBS classification groups.
Away from playing snooker, together with his father Andrew he is a keen supporter of Aston Villa Football Club and enjoys following the fortunes of professional snooker player David Gilbert.
Daniel also provides support at events at which he is not playing as a referee and has qualified as a WPBSA World Snooker Community Coach.