Keen snooker player Jack Lamont has won his first tournament just months after starting the sport. Jack, from Year 11, won a trophy and prize money after beating 22 competitors at the Greyfriars snooker centre in Bedford.
Jack started by playing pool with his dad and eight months ago he tried snooker and found he had a real talent for it. He already trains with Gavin York, a local coach and referee who is honing Jack’s skills. If any local businesses would like to sponsor Jack then he will include their company logo on his tournament waistcoast.
Jack said: ‘I play every day and practise for about 27 hours a week at clubs in Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford and Rushden and I enter tournaments around the UK at weekends. My points typically tend to be around 60 to 100 and I was the youngest at the Bedford tournament so it felt great when I won.
‘For my birthday I am going to Star Academy, which is next door to the Crucible and where all the professionals, like Ronnie O’ Sullivan, went when they were kids. Snooker is something that I have picked up easily. It is all about taking your time, thinking about the shots and the game feels easy.
‘My favourite snooker player of all time is Stephen Hendry. His technique and the way he used his full concentration to take a shot was inspiring. Now school and snooker are the only things that I am focussed on.’