Thank You World Seniors Snooker
SOS is proud to be the official mental health charity partner of World Seniors Snooker and Sunday 9 May 2021 saw Michael and Yvette travel to the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to watch the semi finals and final of the World Senior’s Championship.
It was fantastic to meet those we already knew again and to also meet some we hadn’t met before including the legends Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, Ken Docherty, Mike Dunn, Tony Knowles and Ronnie O’Sullivan. It was very emotional chatting to Dennis about his retirement which he announced at the Crucible. He certainly deserves a rest after decades of thrilling snooker – sending love and best wishes to you Dennis.
What is truly inspiring is the genuine interest in mental wellbeing amongst the snooker family and the desire of all of them to help make a difference.
In addition, the amazing David Lilley (pictured below) who, after being crowned this year’s champion following a nail biting final between him and Jimmy White, is on the road to becoming a legend himself!
SOS were presented with the complete set of balls donated from the first round matches which have been signed by all the participating players and referees, plus the man himself, Ronnie O’Sullivan. This amazing unique, one off must- have memorabilia will be auctioned in the very near future online and we will be assisted by TV Presenter and Sports Commentator Rob Walker. So keep your eyes on our social media and we’ll let you know as soon as the auction is planned.
Talking of Rob, he’s not bad on the baize himself when he isn’t presenting!
We would like to thank all involved for giving us such a warm welcome – it was an absolute pleasure seeing everyone again and the event had a focus on safety, with Covid tests for anyone entering the premises.
As we being Mental Health Awareness Week, please take a minute to remember all athletes across all sporting platforms, who train relentlessly and often on their own for hours every single day in order to compete at the highest level possible.
The highs are fantastic, but the lows really impact sportsmen and women and it’s important that we all support them whenever we can, especially during the times of self doubt and loss of confidence.
So we’d like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone we met today – everyone who works so hard behind the scenes, the players, the referees, Jason Francis’s staff who literally run a marathon every day making sure everyone is looked after, the commentary teams and last, but not least Jason Francis and Jason Ferguson, who’ve worked staggeringly hard to keep not just World Seniors snooker going (and growing), but main tour snooker too, during what has been a truly challenging time for everyone.
We are both looking forward to the next WSS competition and send everyone love, peace and kindness until we meet again.
For anyone needing support, please contact us.
Yvette & Michael