Lives: Birmingham, England
Played since: 1986
WDBS Classification: Profile 37, Group 7
WDBS Highlights: 2019 Welsh Open winner, 2019 Southern Classic winner, 2019 Derby Open winner, 2018, 2017 Hull Open winner, 2018 Champion of Champions winner, 2018 Paul Hunter Disability Classic winner
2016 Hull Open finalist
With seven main event gold medals collected in total, Nick Neale is the Group 7 (Visual Impairments) record holder for most WDBS titles won.
Birmingham’s Neale has been on an irresistible run of results since his maiden victory at the 2017 Hull Open where he didn’t drop a frame throughout.
Further glory came in 2018 with a trio of titles at the Paul Hunter Disability Classic, Champion of Champions and a defence of the Hull Open. He has continued his relentless streak into 2019 with triumphs at the Southern Classic and Derby Open – it means that he has won the last six Group 7 events he has participated in.
His run continued at the Welsh Open 2019 in Cwmbran – the only event that he had entered in the last two years that he hadn’t won after 2017 and 2018 quarter-final finishes. Open to players from all disability categories and played to a 6-Red format, Neale qualified top of his group and then didn’t drop a frame in the knockout phase, culminating in a 3-0 final victory over fellow Group 7B competitor Ronnie Allen.
Neale, who is blind in his left eye, enjoys running marathons when he is not on the green baize.