The Paul Hunter Foundation, set up in memory of the three times Masters champion who died in 2006, will sponsor the Disability Sports Events Open Snooker Championships in Manchester in October.

Disability Sports Events organise national championships in a variety of sports for disabled people, from grass roots to international elite events. They provide pathways and opportunities to succeed in sport.

DSE are the event’s arm of the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), the body for developing sport and physical activity for disabled people in England.

Brandon Parker, Trustee of the Paul Hunter Foundation, said, “Our mission statement is to provide free snooker for non-disabled, disadvantaged and disabled youngsters in the U.K. and Ireland; these were Paul Hunter’s wishes. We are only too happy to be involved in supporting the event.”

It takes place on October 9 and 10 at Rileys, Belle Vue, Manchester.

Paul's death at the age of just 27 was tragic but it is nice to see the charity set up to honour his memory doing good work in his name.


James Scott said...

Well done to the DFS & PHF for putting on this event.

Snooker's got to be better than some disability sports that I've seen. Especially limbless swimming. What's the point?

They've even got the audacity to show it on TV.

John McBride said...

Lovely to see The Paul Hunter Foundation associated with & supporting such a wonderful event.

Warming I'd call it.

SupremeSnooker.com said...

Good luck to everyone involved with this. I'm sure Paul would be very proud with the positive work that is being done in his memory. I still miss watching him play.

James Scott; I'll tell you what the point of disabled sports is- to give those who were either born with a disability or have become disabled through misfortune the chance to take part in rewarding and competitive events.

People like Tanni Grey-Thompson are an inspiration to thousands of disabled people. She has a can-do attitude, and has shown that being disabled needn't be a barrier to living a full and exciting life.

Good on Channel 4 for making a huge commitment to the 2012 Paralympics as well. The BBC all too often treated it as an after-thought once the main Olympics were over. For Channel 4, the Paralympics will be the main event, and will receive extensive coverage on a scale with that of the main Olympics.

If you don't like it, just don't bother watching it. To succeed at ANY sport takes dedication and commitment.

shaun foster(wigan) said...

mr scott god forbid you ever become disabled and have to put up with derogatory comments like that of your own

Anonymous said...

Get over yourself shaun foster. no one is saying the disabled shouldnt have there sport. Its just that no one wants to watch it. Its boring

Anonymous said...

I agree with 5.50. channel 4 has gone to the dogs. they ditch snooker and now they want disabled sport to sit alongside big brother. pathetic

Betty Logan said...

I have to say, I agree to a certain extent. Spectator sport has always been about the pinnacle of excellence, and giving huge amounts of airtime to things like the paralympics smacks of political correctness a bit; I won't be tuning in for it at any rate. That said, Paul Hunter competed when he was a long way off his best so this is a good cause for the PHF to support, since disabled people just like everybody else derive pleasure from sports and competitive pursuits.

Anonymous said...

Snooker © The Fine Art Method
A secret is wasted if not shared
Hi Dave
I have sometimes watched Wheel bound lads playing snooker but sadly have never seen a handicap player being coached or even being encouraged to advance stroke play.
It may sound condescending but there are many ways to make snooker a serious hobby or past time for some disabled people both men and women.

A few tips from the “Fine Art” for what it’s worth Dave. Do not try and hit the cue ball “Nicely and gracefully”. Remember the cue ball is actually a cube as it never rolls but always skids.

Never try and control the length of “Drive” through the ball except when the balls are close together and the danger of the push shot.
The length or distance through the ball should (If possible) be governed when the elbow locks after the shot is completed.

To eliminate playing “With a Swing” grip the cue four inches or one fist forward of the perpendicular fore arm.
Always push the cue on the wood or rubber as if controlled and guided by the nest of a normal bridge hand by pushing down slightly.

Snooker the “Fine Art” has no secrets and hope these few tips will encourage some chair bound players to enjoy the lovely game. Mr Hey You

Anonymous said...

10 59 have u explained to the wheelchair lads that the wheels are actually sqaure and dont roll ?