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Paul Smith shakes hand of Allan Morley of Think Telecom

Companies Back WDBS

For the first time, recent World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) events held in Gloucester and Kingston upon Hull have both carried prize money for competitors reaching the final stages.

This has been possible thanks to the support of a variety of national businesses, who have become involved with WDBS events as prize money sponsors.

Open Disability Snooker Championship 2016

The first company to announce their support of the WDBS was Renishaw plc, a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, healthcare, spectroscopy and manufacturing.

With their support, we were able to offer prize money to all six finalists across the three main competitions staged at this year’s Open Disability Snooker Championship in Gloucester.

We were also able to provide an overall high break prize for the event, as kindly donated by the Paul Hunter Foundation which was won by regular player Daniel Blunn.

Hull Open 2016

Our most recent tournament, the Hull Open, saw the overall prize fund double from Gloucester with the backing of two national companies.

Thanks to the support of legal services provider Hudgell Solicitors and telecoms provider Think Telecom, we were able to offer prize money not only to the finalists of our Group 7-8 events, but also the semi-finalists of our Group 8 event for deaf players.

We were also able to provide individual high break prizes for each of the two groups, which in the case of Group 8 was made possible thanks to a donation from the Hull Deaf Centre Sports Committee.

Brand exposure

Through our own website and social media channels, as well as external media outlets, all of our prize money sponsors have featured extensively as part of our event coverage.think_logo

All prize money sponsors have been offered the opportunity to join our presentation party at events and to learn more about the benefits of becoming part of the wider WPBSA network.

Get involved!

If you or your business is interested in becoming involved and supporting future WDBS events, we would love to hear from you via our contact form.

Our next event will be the 2017 Manchester Classic from 10-12 March 2017 with LITEtask, the UK’s largest Independent Commercial Lighting Designers and Distributors, already having pledged their support.

Hull Stages World Disability Snooker Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) held its second event for players with sensory disabilities last weekend at the Tradewell Snooker Centre in Kingston upon Hull.

The inaugural Hull Open welcomed players from classification Groups 7-8, including players who have either hearing or visual disabilities and saw entries more than double from the previous event for the same categories in Woking earlier this year.

The event was supported by prize fund sponsors Hudgell Solicitors, Think Telecom and the Hull Deaf Centre, who all contributed to a prize fund of £600 across both competitions.

Paul Smith shakes hand of Allan Morley of Think Telecom

Paul Smith and Allen Morley of sponsor Think Telecom

As in Woking, the Group 7 competition for players with visual impairments was won by Paul Smith from Stevenage, who defeated WDBS debutant Nick Neale 4-1 in the event final.

Having lost 3-0 to Neale in the group stages on Saturday, Smith, who lost one eye in a shooting accident when he was 10 and previously competed on the main tour during the 1990s, turned the tables in the final to become the third player so far to win multiple WDBS titles.

There was some consolation for Neale however as in addition to making it through to the final, he also took home the Group 7 high break prize for his opening day run of 40.

Andy Burton and WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer

Andy Burton and WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer

The Group 8 final was contested by two WDBS debutants, Warrington’s Andy Burton securing his first gold medal with a 3-0 victory against Hull’s Richard Gott.

A particularly competitive tournament, having received entries from players including a number of local players, as well as four members of the Warrington Deaf Snooker League who travelled together, it was Burton who dropped just two frames during the weekend to take the title. The high break prize was won by Mike Bryan who hit 39 during the group stage.

As at previous events, there was also a Challenge Cup event held, which was won by Group 7 semi-finalist David Baker, who defeated Hull’s Kevin Bentley over a single frame to add to his silver medal from Woking.

The event was preceded by a Friday open day, which as well as the players involved in the weekend tournament, welcomed players from Selby Gateway Leisure Mencap and NHS Humber CTLD.

The weekend was supported by WPBSA World Snooker coaches Bob Hill and Tim Squires, as well as former professional Ian Glover and our team of referees and coaches including those who play at Group 1-5 events.

WDBS director Clive Brown said: “It has been another fantastic weekend and it seems to be have been thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that has taken part as a competitor, as an official or as a helper. It is great to see that the visually impaired and the deaf are increasing in numbers at these events and let’s hope that we can continue to grow them further.”

The next WDBS tournament will be the 2017 Manchester Classic on 10-12 March 2017 at Q’s Sports and Entertainment Bar, Manchester. As in 2016, the event will be open to players with physical disabilities (Groups 1-5) and further information including the entry pack will be made available soon.

View event photos on the WDBS Facebook page at each of the following links:

Final results are available via the following links to MySnookerStats: