Disabled snooker players show how it’s done in Sheffield’s Winter Garden today

Stock pictures: Winter garden

Stock pictures: Winter garden

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The first National Snooker Disability Day takes place in Sheffield today.

Activities will be taking place in Cue Zone in the Winter Garden from 9am.

Free coaching will be available, led by coach Steve Rutter and his team, including specialist disability coach Tim Squires and player Jason Wholey.

Jason, who has a false eye and leg, said: “I started playing snooker as an escape after being bullied at school. I got the bug and now I often compete in European Tour events.

“Thanks to snooker I’ve played in many countries around the world and met many new friends. It has given me the opportunity throughout my life to meet many inspirational people.

“Playing the sport around the country, I have come across so many disabled snooker players. My aim is to see other disabled snooker players follow in my footsteps and to see disabled snooker as a recognised global sport.”

All disabled snooker players will take part in a 60-second challenge championship, endeavouring to pot as many reds as they can in a minute.

At 1.30pm the winner will receive the trophy and all participants will receive World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association medals.

Pupils from a local school for children with disabilities will be attending and will also watch live snooker inside the Crucible.

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