HEANOR pool player Ryan Baker has had his rapid rise through the ranks recognised by a call up to represent England in the under-18 world championships at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool at the end of June.
Baker, 17, has passed England trials and also got through to the world championships all in the first 12 weeks of this year and has also won through to the singles event in Blackpool.
And he will be joining an England team who have won the European Championships for the past ten years.
He has been mad about the sport since the age of three, said: “I first took an interest when I could literally just peer over the table and now it is my dream to play for England.
“I have come a long way over the past few months but I could not have done it without the support of my mum Mandy, my grandma and grandad Lesley and Barrie Hemstock and manager Richard Fewkes.”
Baker has appeared to destined for stardom right from the time he beat former world champion Darren Appleton at Heanor Miners’ Welfare aged just nine!
“He presented me with a souvenir signed case and cue” added Ryan who practices at Phoenix Cue Sports in Eastwood who sponsor him with free sessions on their tables and he also represents Nottinghamshire.
He took one of only two available places out of 18 comkpeting players in recent England trials at Great Yarmouth.