Pool champion Matt set for big break

Matt Lester
Matt Lester

Matt Lester is set for his big break on the international wheelchair pool scene after winning his first ever national title.

The 27-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, recently won the Predator Cues British Wheelchair 9-ball Pool Championship in Stoke.

Lester, who has competed on the British Wheelchair Pool Players Association (BWPPA) tour for eight and a half years, is now in line to play at the forthcoming World Championships and EPBF European Championships.

The former Danum School pupil beat British number one Fred Dinsmore of Ireland 5-3 in the quarter-finals on his way to victory.

He then defeated Wales’ Craig Welsh 5-4 before beating British number three Aslam Abubaker 5-3 in the final.

“It’s a massive win for me,” said Lester, of Armthorpe.

“And it was made all the more special not just because of who I had to beat, but it also puts me eighth in the UK rankings.

“I am now highly likely to get invites to the major international tournaments - although I will need a sponsor if I am going to be able to accept.

“My ambition for the coming season is to win more tournaments,” he added. “Now I’ve got one under my belt, it’s a big monkey off my back.”

Lester’s cerebral palsy means he has to use an electric wheelchair and his left side is affected. He is unable to make a bridge for the cue with his hand, so uses a Cannon Aid.

His dedication to the sport sees him travel by bus to Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley three or four times a week to practice.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Matt should visit www.matthew-lester.com.