Cue star Sarah aims to pot Euro prize

Sarah Day from Balby, prepares for the European 8-ball pool. Picture: Holly Allen

Sarah Day from Balby, prepares for the European 8-ball pool. Picture: Holly Allen

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Pool world champion Sarah Day hopes to pocket another international title at the European Eight Ball Championships next month.

The 37-year-old switched her allegiance from England to Wales last year - and it paid immediate dividends as she potted her way to World Championship glory with the Welsh ladies team in Blackpool.

Now Day, who became the first woman to qualify for the men’s World Masters in 2006, is targeting both team and individual success as she prepares to head to Malta for the European shoot-out.

“Ever since I made the switch to Wales my game’s really benefited and I’m going into the European Championships in confident mood,” said Sarah, who lives in Balby.

“I qualified for England as a 13-year-old but for one reason or another I wasn’t really given a chance to actually play for my country.

“My grandad was Welsh and the Wales coach approached me and asked me to play and since then I’ve not looked back.

“It’d be nice to make an impression in both the team and singles events in Malta,” she added.

“Last year at Blackpool was my first experience of an international event and it was pretty nerve-wracking - and I went out in the second round of the singles.

“But this time I know exactly what to expect and I’m determined to make even more of an impact.”

Sarah, who moved to Doncaster fours years ago to live with her partner Jason, turned semi-professional in 2002 and is now ranked in the world’s top 32.

The self-employed saleswoman has won a string of local and regional titles, and has represented Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire at county level.

But the highlight of her career came last July when Wales beat England for the first time in 11 years to lift the world ladies crown.

Sarah said: “As a child I lived in a pub so I ended up spending a lot of time on the pool table.

“I was playing in the local leagues at the age of ten and I quickly got the chance to play at county level.

“Pool’s always been a massive thing in my life so to become a world champion in Blackpool meant everything to me.

“But I’ve still got lots to play for and I’m really looking forward to the Euros.”

The Welsh ladies team are ranked number one for the European Championships.

Sarah’s trip to Malta is self-funded and marks a return to playing abroad after a seven-year break from overseas competition.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Sarah can contact her on 07854 253437.