A RISING snooker star is bidding for honours - in the Hartlepool Mail sports awards.
Michael Williams, 22, from Westbourne Road in Hartlepool, has already taken on one of the world’s finest when he pushed Steven Maguire all the way in a European Tour event held in the Latvian capital Riga.
It led to Steven telling the Hartlepool man he had pushed him all the way.
Now his proud mum Diane Williams, 50, believes he deserves more success by winning a Mail award. She nominated him for the Sportsperson Special Achievement Award and said: “He has amazed both me and his dad. He was so composed when he played Steven. Michael lost 4-2 in the first-to-four frames event against Steven and has since taken part in further European Tour tournaments.
Diane added: “Michael has played from a very young age and took up the game competitively when he was 14. From early on, he started to do extremely well and win competitions. He was runner-up in the England under-19 snooker competition and he has also represented England at billiards”.
Michael’s success have led to snooker competitions in Latvia, Germany with Bulgaria and three more venues on the horizon.
But because he is currently an amateur, the cost of competing is currently being met mostly by his parents.
That can be anything from the cost of a trip to Sheffield to practise to the expense of an international visit to compete.
Any businesses who can help Michael through sponsorship can contact him on 07883031481.
Diane said: “All of the top players speak to him. His ambition is to turn professional.”
And Michael’s dream may not be too far away from becoming reality.
He currently ranks 15th out of more than 200 on the circuit and the top 16 go into a play-off. The final two in the competition get the opportunity to turn professional.
In the meantime, Michael becomes the latest entrant in our competition, and we want more deserving causes.
There is still time for you to make all the difference to someone who deserves to be in the running, and fill in those nomination forms.
Do it either on this page, or online at the Hartlepool Mail website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk, and go to the sports section.