Disabled pool star makes history by lifting March league doubles title

POOL star Ian Lea conquered his nerves to become the first disabled player to lift a March pool league doubles trophy.

Ian, who was born with spina bifida and plays from his wheelchair, cruised to victory with partner Declan Gilmore on Sunday.

The duo, from Turves, whitewashed Tony Nosworthy and Anthony Henson 5-0 to secure the Cherry Automatic March & District Pool League doubles title.

Ian said: “I was really nervous before, but once we started the nerves turned to concentration.

“We played really well together - everything that we went for just seemed to come off. It made me feel very proud to win it.

“Everyone was shaking my hand afterwards and saying well done. That’s great for your confidence.”

Warren Middleton beat Damien Hinson to the singles title - but Hinson did take the Division One best player prize. Jordan Lilley was named as the best player in Division Two.

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Braza A pipped the GER to the Division One title, with Q Club A winning Division Two from the Acre. Legion A won the Team Knockout prize.

Gilmore took the Division One Captain’s Cup honours, while Lilley and Sean McLoughlin shared the Division Two Captain’s Cup award.