I was introduced to pool
and snooker years ago. I played socially for fun, but could hardly cue
Life changed when I went to watch the 2007 Chilli South Pacific Open Snooker
championships in Sydney .... and got hooked! I loved seeing those guys dressed
so smartly in their waistcoats, playing such attractive snooker! It
really inspired me to take the sport more seriously. Instead of
jabbing and poking, I wanted to play properly!
I practised for hours each day at the City Tattersalls
Club in Sydney for almost two years. I also ran the club's
Wednesday night snooker handicap competition for a few
I know I have lots to
learn, but I really enjoy the challenge. I love every
moment of snooker practice - I get tired but never bored.
I now practice on my own full-size snooker table at home and my highest
break is currently 40.
I traded my old cheap
cue (bought in Hobart years ago for less than $30!!!) for a John Parris
Ambassador cue. Apparently,
this cue was modelled on the one which John Parris custom-made for Steve
Davis! Someone else tells me that 12 of the world's top 20 snooker
players use a John Parris cue. I'm obviously in good company!
STRANGE FACT - my singing voice suddenly returned,
three and a half years after my thyroid operations (see
"Voice"). I think that during my
long hours of snooker practice, somehow the right bits of my neck and throat
have stretched. Anyway, I can now hold a tune again ... even with
vibrato! I gave up music after I lost my voice, and started snooker
which in turn has brought my voice back. Life is so strange!