New board memberships promote WDBS
World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is proud to announce the appointment of Mickey Chambers and Lisa Moore to its Board of Directors.
For the past 12 months, during the suspension of competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic, WDBS has taken the opportunity to conduct a thorough organizational review to ensure that the needs of its players continue to be met.
With this in mind, both Chambers and Moore were identified as having the skills to make a significant contribution to the further development of the WDBS tour.
In addition to these appointments, WDBS can also announce the establishment of a Return to Play subcommittee, represented by players from a range of classification groups, to provide input to the players ahead of our scheduled return to the competition in 2021. Further information on this subcommittee will be announced in due course.
The Board of Directors is confident that these additions, coupled with the experience and expertise of its existing team, will ensure that WDBS is well positioned to continue to grow in the years to come.
Mickey Chambers has been participating in the WDBS Tour since February 2018 and has so far won six Group 5 competitions, including the Champion of Champions 2019. In addition to his snooker career, he brings a wealth of experience from amputee football that has been around for almost two decades competes at the highest level.
Mickey is currently playing for Manchester City, having recently moved from Everton and having won more than 100 caps for England internationally in the last 16 years. During this time he became England's top scorer of all time and was named twice world footballer of the year. He was also selected for the 2017 final Euro Championships in front of 46,000 fans in Istanbul, Turkey.
Lisa Moore has attended several WDBS events and has provided valuable support to the local event team at recent events in Stockport and Bruges. Off the bait, she is a general hospital medical education manager, working with junior doctors, counselors, executives and Health Education England.
With a background in human resources, employee relations and recruiting, Lisa graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in 2007 and brings significant experience and skills to the board. She is also the wife of current WDBS player David Moore.
"A wonderful opportunity"
Nigel Mawer QPM, The WDBS Chairman said, “I am delighted to have both Mickey and Lisa on our team, which is an important step forward for disabled snooker.
“Both have been involved in WDBS events for a number of years and bring with them a number of qualities and experiences from the board that will help shape our development in the years to come.
“The past 12 months have of course been frustrating for both the WDBS team and our players as we have inevitably been hit by the effects of the global pandemic. However, we all continue to aim to restart the events as soon as possible and encourage the further growth of the tour.
"I am confident that both Mickey and Lisa, along with our existing team, have a tremendous amount to offer and that the future remains bright for disabled snooker and the WDBS tour."
Mickey Chambers said, “This is amazing news for me and it is a great honor to have been asked to join the WDBS team. I became passionate about snooker at a young age and grew up wanting to become a professional snooker player. So this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved.
“I am excited to improve my life as a disabled athlete and to be able to show other people that the impossible can be made possible. The will to be better at something drives my focus and through this role I hope that I can help WDBS grow and help other players reach their full potential in this wonderful sport.
“I also hope that I can give the players a voice. Both the board and the players share the same goals and strive to make disabled snooker as successful as possible. Through openness and honesty, I am sure we can work together to ensure that WDBS is as successful as possible. "
Lisa Moore said, “I am very honored and excited to be joining the WDBS Board of Directors at this time. I've seen firsthand the incredible and formidable people competing against each other on the circuit and the friendships that develop between players, families, and coaches that make attending these events so fun.
“I've always been impressed with how comprehensive WDBS events from the groups seen on Open House are to those who regularly compete during the weekend tournaments. It has been fascinating to see the organization grow over the past few years and to have the opportunity to support the hard working team in running events.
"I am therefore particularly looking forward to using the experience and skills that I have gained both in tournaments and outside of snooker in order to be able to contribute to the development of disabled snooker in the future."
Learn more about the WDBS team.