Mereu Împreună pentru Oameni Sports Association organizes on April 21, at IDM Club Bucharest, the fourth edition of the National Competition of Pool Played in a Wheelchair, the biggest sports event of this type for people with locomotor disabilities in Romania. Special guest: Fred Dinsmore, multiple European and world champion of billiards and snooker in wheelchair, who will play a demonstrative match against Sonia Simionov. The event is organized under the aegis of The National Council of Disability from Romania (CNDR). The access is free.
With free access both for competitors and for the public, the competition is open to professional billiards and amateur players too. The 9 Ball category will be played in a double pyramid, each player having two chances (two matches) to qualify in the top 8 or 16 players (depending on the number of participants) from where any match will be eliminatory until the end of the contest. Full rules are available on The Facebook page of the event. At the end of the contest, a tombola with numerous awards will be organized for competitors. The 2017 edition of the championship, the most ample so far, has brought together over 70 participants across the country and all the donations and sponsorships have turned into wheelchairs and other equipment and medical devices that help improve the quality of life of people with this type of disability.
The special guest of this year’s competition, Irish Fred Dinsmore, Double European Masters Champion, is a true recordman. He has six world-class titles in a wheelchair (9 balls, blackball and snooker) and five other golden cups at European level. Fred has been playing billiard in a wheelchair since 1991 and is competing frequently with players who do not have locomotor disabilities. He is a veritable example of consistency and determination, demonstrating that sport is based primarily on thinking and will. Since 1993, his passion has worn him in competition halls around the world, where he has accumulated countless trophies. In his personal life, he successfully leads an online billiard equipment distribution business and spends his time with Louis, his bichon.
“Every edition of the National Competition of Pool Played in a Wheelchair gives us a rarely met joy. The emotion of seeing every year our good friends, their families, in a natural way, a step closer to normality, makes us smile and pass over the inherent difficulties in the organization of such an event. Setting up a motivational training center for people with locomotor disabilities caused by accidents is on our list of priorities. In the future, on the long term, we intend to transform Pool Played into a Wheelchair into a Paralympic sport – we are the only promoters of this discipline in Romania. It is a heartfelt acknowledgment to our heart that year after year, the interest of the participants is growing. Thanks to the sponsors and partners that are gathering around us”, said Irina Văcărean, The President of Mereu Împreună pentru Oameni Sports Association.
Adrian Mocanu (national winner, 2017): “I was very happy when I won last year. It was my first time participating at such a competition and I was rarely playing billiards. I like sports, I’ve been playing professional basketball in Romania’s Wheelchair National Team and I am also swimming. I played against my best friend in the finals, a much more experienced player, and I won because of my self-control. Billiards is a game of mind, but especially one of courage”.
“I think it’s the most beautiful sports event dedicated to people with disabilities. We’re coming here in a large number and I’m certain that some of us are becoming friends, outside the competition”, said Paula Cristea, participant in the 2016 edition.
“The National Council of Disability from Romania (CNDR) has been supporting Mereu Împreună pentru Oameni Sports Association since the first edition of The National Competition of Pool Played in a Wheelchair. We are doing everything we can to help disabled athletes to perform and we strongly believe that we are getting closer to having the physical and legislative framework for this purpose”, said Daniela Tontsch, the President of The National Council of Disability from Romania.
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