VERA SELBY MBE
Our congratulations go to Vera Selby, the first Women's World Snooker Champion, who has recently been awarded with an MBE.
Selby, (she isn't related to 2014 Men's World Champion Mark!), won the inaugural championship back in 1979 in Middlesbrough.
Originally under the tournament name of the 'Women's World Open', she defeated fellow Englishwoman Muriel Hazeldene 4-0 in the final.
Selby would win a second title in 1981 on the Isle of Wight, and she was also an accomplished English Billiards player with a number of national honours to her name.
Away from competing, she is a very well known figure on the amateur scene within the ranks of the EASB (English Association of Snooker & Billiards) as a referee and examiner.
Despite being 85, she continues to be active in promoting and helping green baize sports.
Well done Vera!
Written by Michael Day, published on 29th June 2015