Q. When did you start playing pool?
I have very strong memories of playing pool with my dad on a small table for hours every Friday and Saturday evening when I was a young kid. As I got older, I started going to the local pub during school lunchtimes to play pool or snooker. But it wasn’t until I went to university that my passion really started to take off. I worked at a snooker place, ‘Riley’s’ in my spare time and I used to play during my breaks. Unfortunately, I had to leave university halfway through, but I soon got a job working at another Riley’s, where I joined a blackball pool team. I’ve been playing ever since.
Q. How did you get into playing competitively?
When it comes to playing sports, I’m extremely competitive. Once I’d bought my own pool cue and started playing for my team, I was invited to represent Berkshire in county matches. From there, I improved my game and rose through the ranks, until I got the opportunity to trial for the National team along with 81 other players. Ranking 3rd overall, I was delighted to earn my place in the national team.
Q. How has international pool affected your day-to-day life?
I have the same outlook in everything I do. If I put my mind to something, I’ll go for it and give 100% effort. If I don’t succeed the first time, I’ll keep fighting until I do.
I’m currently reading a book called ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’, which is aimed at people who want to reach their peak performance. If your mind isn’t in the right place to succeed, then you won’t. I try to apply this mindset to my work too, as I believe having the right attitude is the key to success.
Q. What’s next for you?
I’ll be representing England at The Nations Cup in Cyprus later this year, playing against teams from all over Europe including Norway, Scotland and Malta. I can't wait!Read more