It is a year to the day since Paul Hunter died.
I’m sure many people remember the shock of hearing of his passing 12 months ago. Everyone knew he was seriously ill, but for someone so full of life to die at the age of 27 didn’t seem credible.
He certainly isn’t forgotten but, of course, life and snooker moves on.
I’m sure everyone in snooker would send their best wishes to his widow, Lindsey, and family today.
It would have been Paul’s 29th birthday this coming Sunday. It would be nice if this were acknowledged in some way at the Grand Prix in Aberdeen.
A plaque honouring him was today unveiled at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield by Daniel Wells, the first recipient of the Paul Hunter Scholarship.
Paul's father, Alan, and two of his uncles were present. The plaque reads:
In Memory Of Paul Hunter.
October 14th, 1978 to October 9th, 2006.
A Great Champion.
Wells said: "October 9 is a day when all snooker fans, and anyone that knew Paul, will pause for thought.
"The way Paul played as well as the way he conducted himself has been an inspiration to me and I feel extremely fortunate to benefit from the Scholarship that carries his name.
"I hope that this plaque will remind anyone who plays at the Academy to follow the example of sportsmanship which Paul set."
- Watch the deciding frame of Paul Hunter's last Wembley Masters victory here: http://www.worldsnooker.com/interactive_video.htm