POTY Competitive Player Category

Have you got what it takes to win this years
The Snooker Gym Player Of The Year Awards?

Split into four categories, the awards offer a chance to everyone:

Please click on each category below to see our 2014 winners:

Up To 40 Break Player

Up to 100 Break Player

100 Break Player

Competitive Player

Designed to reward and recognize ‘Dedication, Persistence, Focus & Effort’, they are open every year to any player who has purchased a product or training session from the website or a TSG certified coach.

The following winner profiles and interviews will give you ideas on how you can build your own game up this year, ready for your December application.

To find out how to enter this year’s competition for The Snooker Gym Player Of The Year, please go to the bottom of the page…

For more information on how to start ‘Improving Your Game, From Every Angle’, I suggest you first start with the free Bronze membership.

You can join by entering your email on the home page of the site here: http://www.thesnookergym.com

The 1st Snooker Gym Player Of The Year
Competitive Player Category:

Myanmar National Team

I worked with a number of main tour professionals in 2013, including an extensive amount of time with Ding Junhui during his run of three consecutive ranking tournaments. However, I felt that even more deserving of the Player Of The Year Award were all members of the Myanmar National Team – taken as a collective unit of one.

Myanmar National Team
Myanmar National Team
Myanmar National Team
Myanmar National Team
Myanmar National Team

Here are the main reasons the Myanmar Team was chosen to win this year’s award:

What they did to improve:

  • A rigorous training ‘Gold Camp’ in Myanmar’s Capital City Nay Pyi TYaw was where all twenty athletes stayed – for over 12 months in preparation for the South East Asia Games in Dec 2013.
  • With an alarm bell at 7am, physical exercise every day after 6-7 hours on the table, and no internet after 10pm… these players were in an immersive environment to build their skills.
  • Their Buddhist and cultural background gave them a tremendous respect for their trainers and coaches – and it could not have been easier for me to guide them as to what to do on the table.
  • They wanted to win medals in the right way – by practicing in joy and happiness, embracing a great team spirit, with improvement a by-product of this.
  • They were willing to go through discomfort, fatigue, uncertainty and frustration without complaint.

On a personal note it would be impossible for me to feel more respected as a coach, in the way the players and coaches in Myanmar treated me.

How they improved:

  • In additional to a wholesale increase in their cue skills at the table, the team recorded the following 11 medals in the 27th SEA Games:
Aung Moe ThuBronzeMen’s 9 Ball PoolSingles
Ami AungBronzeLadies 9 Ball PoolSingles
Aung San OoBronzeMen’s English BilliardsSingles
Nay Thway OoSilverMen’s English BilliardsSingles
Aung San Oo / Nay Thway OoSilverMen’s English BilliardsDoubles
Aung San Oo / Nay Thway OoSilverMen’s English BilliardsScotch (alternate shot) Doubles
Aung San Oo / Nay Thway OoGoldMen’s English BilliardsTeam
Win Ko KoSilverMen’s SnookerSingles
Win Khaing Min AyeBronzeMen’s Snooker Six RedSingles
Zaw Ye HtutBronzeMen’s Snooker Six RedSingles
Win Khaing Min Aye / Win Ko KoSilverMen’s SnookerDoubles

The ‘Player’ & ‘Coach’ Of The Year Categories will all receive the same reward:

  • The prestigious title
  • A trophy presented face to face – or by DHL depending on distances involved!
  • One hour Skype time with me (normally almost impossible to organise) – or two hours if you allow the call recording to be shared for the benefit of others. We would discuss your game and your winning experience.
  • Invitation to give feedback on new products under development (subject to signing a confidentiality agreement).

What I am looking for is not necessarily the biggest high break improvement.

More, I am looking for application of the training material, unique ways you may have applied this to your game, dedication, enthusiasm, keeping it simple, and a little bit of obsession with doing what it takes to improve!

All you have to do to make your submission is answer the following 6 questions, when the applications open in December.

  1. What was your highest break before you brought The Snooker Gym product or service?
  2. Which product (eg dvd, book, coaching toy) or service (eg skype /email support, one to one traing day / weekend / week) did you buy?
  3. What knowledge or skill was most useful to you?
  4. How exactly did your game improve this year after learning this knowledge or skill?
  5. How has your experience in the game changed (eg more enjoyment, less frustration, more understanding, better concentration, more consistency, bigger breaks, more wins etc)?
  6. Overall, how would you describe the product or service you brought to your friends?

I hope to see your application for this years award!


Nic Barrow