Parliament Celebrates 12-Times World Women’s Snooker Champion Reanne Evans
A Motion has been tabled in the UK Parliament to celebrate Reanne Evans winning her twelfth World Women’s Snooker Championship.
Reanne won her first world title in 2005 and has won World Women’s Snooker Tour ranking events during every year since, including a record ten consecutive years as world champion from 2005-2014. Her most recent victory came when she defeated Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai 6-3, defying her opponent’s home soil advantage to claim the title for the first time since 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, Chairman Jason Ferguson said “Reanne is an incredibly talented player and fully deserves recognition as one of the leading international sportswomen in our country. Snooker is a fully inclusive sport throughout the world but does struggle in the UK to receive the recognition it does elsewhere. We are very pleased to see that Parliamentarians have honoured Reanne in this way and encourage them to continue their pursuit of suitable funding for snooker in Britain.”
The Motion was tabled by Reanne’s local Member of Parliament, Ian Austin MP. On tabling the Motion, he said “I am so pleased for Reanne. It’s an incredible achievement for anyone to become a sporting world champion. To do so twelve times is staggering. To do so facing competitors who are fully-funded by their national sporting bodies is unbelievable. Reanne is a ambassador for the game, and for womens sport and she – and the game of snooker – deserves the kind of recognition other sports in this country achieve, and other snooker players get elsewhere. Well done Reanne!”
The full Motion reads:
TWELVE-TIME SNOOKER WORLD CHAMPION REANNE EVANS
That this House congratulates Reanne Evans on the outstanding achievement of winning her 12th World Women’s Snooker Championship; notes that her 19-year-old opponent in the final is fully funded by her national sports ministry in order to compete alongside male players; recognises that snooker is one of the world’s true mixed-gender sports where men and women from all backgrounds can play alongside and against each other; acknowledges that snooker is a great traditional British sport; and encourages those responsible for funding grassroots and professional sport across the UK to support snooker in order to continue to generate the talent exhibited by Reanne.