In-form Nish out to pocket world prize
A pool player from Preston is dreaming of conquering the world.
Nish Barot has been selected to play for India in the forthcoming World Championships and Masters events after coming through a tough selection process.
Nish, 22, had to play at qualifying events in Wolverhampton, Leicester and Reading to earn his place in the Indian team.
And as they are ranked fourth in the world, he has every chance of collecting a world title when the championships are held in Blackpool next month.
The talented cueman has been training three days a week for two years to earn his chance.
He is a leading force in the local leagues, playing for Old Oak in the Preston City Pool League, the Fox and Lion in the Leyland League and he also is a regular fixture in the Leyland town team.
Nish also plays for Acregate Labour Club in the top flight of the Preston Snooker League.
He said: “It was really hard getting into the Indian team but I reached the quarter-finals of the selection tournaments in Leicester and Reading, and I also reached the final of a national tour event beating the former India No.1 along the way, so I think that caught the selectors’ eyes.
“It’s been a hard slog getting this far as if you don’t put the hours in on the practice table, you won’t achieve anything in this sport.
“But now I am in the Indian team, I need to make the most of this opportunity.
“I have had some financial backing from John Parkinson and Cliff Swarbrick along the way, but if any local firms want to offer me some extra support, I would ask them to get in touch.”
Nish can be contacted on 07582 705531.