Nish Barot has earned his reward after three years of hard work and near misses.
The 23-year-old from Preston has just been selected to play for the India team in next year’s World Pool Championships and Masters events.
For the past two years, he has represented India in the championships – staged in Blackpool – in the individual events, and acquitted himself well.
But until now, a place in the senior India squad to play in the prestigious team event has just eluded him.
Barot said: “I am so happy – but also relieved. I only just missed out on the team for the past two years but I still think I’m the youngest player to be picked.
“The trials were held in Reading and everything came right. I was in a rich vein of form and finished top overall.
“I have practised hard for three days a week for about three years now and the thought of getting into the India team has been my main motivation.”
Barot is a popular figure on the local pool scene, playing for Mill Tavern in the Preston League and Black Horse in the Leyland League.
He also plays snooker for St Bernard’s in the Preston League.
“Another reason I am pleased to earn selection is for my parents,” he added.
“My mum and dad, Ragini and Mahesh, have been such a massive support, and also I know my late uncle, Ushwin Patel, would be very proud of me.”
The championships take place in June next year.