Frank Dewens | A Life in Snooker

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Frank Dewens, President of Asia Pacific Billiards and Snooker Federation, has announced his retirement after being involved in snooker for more than 60 years.

Frank’s time in snooker has seen him become a leading figure of the sport in the Asia Pacific region and help arrange major events including the World Snooker Federation Championship and World Billiards Championship.

Boasting a high break of 139, which he proudly shares started incredibly directly from the break off shot, Frank first started playing at the age of 15 in 1959 and took up the game competitively three years later, playing at a semi-professional level until 1982.

His first steps into the running of the sport came in 1963 when he joined the South Australian body as a committee member.

Twenty-five years later, Frank was appointed a board member of the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council and he would go on to be elected as president of both this both and the Asia Pacific Billiards and Snooker Federation.

A skillful Billiards player with a high break of 328, Frank helped with the arrangement of two World Billiards Championships in the region during his tenure, as well being a leading figure at the 2023 World Snooker Federation Championship, which was won by Ma Hailong in Sydney.

Frank has also helped push forward the growth of Women’s and Disability snooker in the Asia Pacific region, arranged the refurbishment of the Mounties Club in New South Wales which recently hosted the Asia Pacific Open Snooker Championship, and is also an experienced tournament director and certified Class 1 referee.

Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “It has been an honour to work with Frank for many years on the development of our sport in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Frank will be greatly missed by the players in his region and most recently he provided incredible support to the WPBSA Group during the successful staging of the 2023 WSF Championships at the Mounties Club in Sydney, Australia.

“Today we recognise his immense contribution to snooker and I would like to wish him a well-earned retirement. I have no doubt that he will continue to follow our sport as keenly as ever and look forward to seeing him soon.”

We would like to thank Frank for his contribution to the sport and wish him all the best with his retirement.