June 29, 2010

Joel finds the Golden Ticket

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 1:20 pm

Rocket Senior watches Rocket Junior

Snooker’s equivalent of Charlie Bucket must surely be hotshot Joel Walker. It was this lucky lad, pictured right who enjoyed a coaching master-class with his mentor Ronnie O’Sullivan at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield last week.

Joel, 16, of Charnock, Sheffield, was personally selected by the Rocket as the winner of the inaugural Rileys Future Stars of Snooker nationwide competition in April.

He pocketed a Rileys cheque for £5,000 to spend on developing his game (I assume there is a clause in there to say he can’t trade it on Betfair).

The prize also includes training sessions with snooker’s own Willy Wonka, Ronnie himself. Quite a prize for the youngster. 

In addition, Joel has also been granted one of the wildcards for the World Snooker Open – billed as the FA Cup of Snooker in August. Being one of 32 amateurs who will compete for the chance to take on the big boys at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield from August 21 to 24.

Joel said: “It was great to train with Ronnie. I’m trying to learn as much as I can from him. I feel on good form. I’m looking forward to the World Snooker Open and hope I can make an impression.”

Snooker now has its very own Ronnie Wonka

Ronnie O’Sullivan is snooker ambassador for Rileys and apparently came up with the idea to find the next, ermmm, Ronnie.

More than 1,000 players aged 16 or under entered but it was Joel who finally found the Golden Ticket.

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