We are today delighted to welcome the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation (OBSF) as the latest full member of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).
The WSF continues to welcome the support of national and regional bodies that share its commitment to both good governance and the expansion of amateur snooker across the globe. With its rich history in the sport, the Oceania region is a key area for strategic development over the coming years and both the WSF and OBSF are excited about the opportunities ahead.
As previously announced, Oceania will be granted a place at this year’s SangSom 6-Red World Championship in Thailand, with a qualifying tournament to be staged in July. This is just the beginning as WSF align the interests of Oceania’s many players with the World Snooker Tour.
Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “I am today pleased to be able to welcome the OBSF to the WSF family. The Oceania region has played a significant role in a long history of billiards sports. OBSF President Frank Dewens and his team work tirelessly providing a strong framework for our sport to develop and I am very excited to be able to harness this passion and commitment within our group.”
The World Snooker Federation (WSF) is today pleased to welcome the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) to the growing number of National Federations to have become full members of the organisation.
For over a century Australia has been a key area for both snooker and billiards, with legendary players such as Walter Lindrum and Horace Lindrum succeeded by modern day greats Eddie Charlton and Neil Robertson. World champion in 2010, Robertson famously came to the UK with £500 in his pocket and has since gone on to earn over £3.5m career prize money and establish himself as one of the world’s best players.
A winner again in Scotland where he claimed his 13th ranking crown only last weekend, already he has provided the inspiration for other players in Australia to follow in his footsteps and his role will be supported by the new development opportunities that will be created under this new cooperation. Already, World Billiards recently successfully held a landmark coaching course at the Reventon Academy, Yarraville Club in Australia.
WSF Treasurer Mike Peachey said: “I am very pleased with the magnificent news that the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council have agreed to join the WSF, and I look forward to positively working with the ABSC Board. Australian players have enjoyed a rich history of champion players in World Billiards and Snooker, and by joining the WSF, there will be major opportunities for the future of all Australian players.”
ABSC President Frank Dewens said: “I am looking forward to the future we have now provided for our aspiring snooker players and the opportunities ahead of them. We have been fortunate in the past with some of the world’s greats in cue sports and we have now laid the foundation for others to follow. I applaud the Board of the ABSC for making the decision to join the WSF.”
The formation of the WSF was instigated by the WPBSA as a global sports governance initiative to bring together both amateur and professional constituent parts of the sport. Full membership to the WSF is open to any official National Federation which shares a vision for clear and transparent sports development.