Peter to represent SA in Russia

Peter Nwaila (17) has qualified to take part in World 9-ball Junior Championships in Russia later this year.

Peter Nwaila (17) began playing pool as a young boy.

He was still in primary school when he admired the game and was inspired by his father, who was a pro-player at the time.

Peter is a learner at Thistle Grove Combined School.

Only three 0/19 boys of the 58 that competed qualified for the World 9-ball Junior Championships which will take place in Russia, Moscow this year.

He is leaving for Russia on 28 October and will return on 3 November.

Peter qualified to represent South Africa in Russia at the South African Championships where he came third.

Team South Africa consists of three 0/17 boys, three 0/19 girls and three 0/19 boys.

“My father was playing snooker all over South Africa, because he was a pro-player.

“When he played close to home, he would always take me with him.

“I learned a lot from watching my father play,” Peter said.

Peter wanted to learn how to play and with one of his friends, Siyabonga Mapiyeye, began playing for fun in the township. Peter had a natural talent for the game from the outset.

Later Mandi Mente, who was a good player already and still is, saw Peter and his friend play and realised Peter was a natural.

Mandi taught him tricks and the finer details of pool.

“Borice Ntombela introduced my friends and me to Henry Erasmus and it was after this that everything started to fall into place,” Peter said.

The first time Peter took part in the try-outs to qualify for the Mpumalanga team, he made the team. Last year he represented Mpumalanga during the Blackball Junior Championships during the July school holidays in the Free State.

He then played at the Pool Billiards South Africa, World Rules Championship at Graceland Casino.

The 8-, 9- and 10-ball SACCS Championships took place during this year’s July school holidays where he also competed.

“My father is very proud of me and like to watch me play.

“I’m very exited and proud that I will be able to represent my country.

“I stay humble and want to make my family and friends proud,” he said.

Peter loves playing pool, because it takes his mind off everything and he forgets about his problems.

He joined the Panda Cue Sport Mpumalanga club in April this year.

He is currently active in the schools’ league at Panda Cue Sport.

They practise on Tuesdays and Thursdays, play for free and must be dressed in full attire, which is their school uniform.

Because Peter will have to pay for his trip to Russia, he will need the help of sponsors to make his dream come true.

“I’m practising very hard and I want to win gold and make my country proud.

“I’m not scared to go; I’m just very excited,” he said.

Peter will need sponsors to support him with the following: travel cost which includes his transport to and from the airport, air fare ticket, transport in and around Moscow, a new cue as well as a cue case, uniform/attire, accommodation, food, spending money and also warm clothes.

Anyone that will be able to help Peter can contact his manager, Henry Erasmus, at 083 280 4712 or Peter at 082 394 8470.

Peter Nwaila (17) has qualified to take part in the World 9-ball Junior Championships in Russia later this year.

Peter Nwaila (17) has qualified to take part in World 9-ball Junior Championships in Russia later this year.

Peter Nwaila (17) has qualified to take part in World 9-ball Junior Championships in Russia later this year.

Peter Nwaila (17) has qualified to take part in World 9-ball Junior Championships in Russia later this year.

 

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San-Marié Cronjé
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