Cue sports: Pan­choo is your lady

Post - - SPORT - NARESH MA­HARAJ pic­tured,

APSRA Pan­choo started play­ing pool while study­ing for a Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing de­gree af­ter her then coach, San­jeev De­biper­sadh in­sisted she join the KZN League.

“The most chal­leng­ing part was to over­come the stigma at­tached to pool be­ing a “pub sport”, and it’s as­so­ci­a­tion with al­co­hol, which was my mis­sion to change all these years, by prov­ing that the sport is not any­thing like this.”

Pan­choo, made it to No.1 in the prov­ince in her first year of play­ing, No.1 in the coun­try in her 2nd year, and No.1 in the world in her third year of play­ing the sport.

“I was one of the found­ing di­rec­tors of Na­tional Black­ball Fed­er­a­tion which saw the of­fi­cial Protea colours be­ing awarded to our play­ers in 2005 when I achieved No.1 rank in SA in that first year of the sport be­ing launched in SA”.

“For one of the only times in his­tory, ev­ery Black­ball qual­i­fy­ing player rep­re­sent­ing re­spec­tive prov­inces, were fully paid for to at­tend the na­tional cham­pi­onships held in Buf­fel­spoort, Gaut­eng, which in­cluded kits, travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion, and 3 meals per day as well,” added Pan­choo.

In 2008, she went on to win all six of Women’s World Cham­pi­onship Ti­tles. To­day, the SA Ladies Team holds one bronze medal and three Gold Medals for the Woman’s World Team Cham­pi­onship Ti­tles, and Pan­choo is the only player from SA that was part of ev­ery team on all four medal-win­ning oc­ca­sions and again qual­i­fied this year, to de­fend all those ti­tles in Bridling­ton, in the UK.

The event takes place at the end of the year and she al­ready has won great sup­port from a world class team (Olivia Leaner, Michelle Rabe, Joy Wil­len­burg, Elzette Koen and Ni­cola Rous­souw).

KZN re­quired some as­sis­tance on the ad­min­is­tra­tion side last Septem­ber, and that’s when she vol­un­teered as the Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary for Black­ball. Within nine months of get­ting into ad­min­is­tra­tion of the sport, she was elected as the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the South African Con­fed­er­a­tion of Cue Sport, which is af­fil­i­ated to SASCOC.

It is Pan­choo’s vi­sion to cre­ate sought-af­ter job op­por­tu­ni­ties through, and within the sport. She wants to take Cue­s­ports to­wards be­com­ing one of the of­fi­cial school sports and a Na­tional Sport soon.

“The sport has reached new heights and we ex­pect to change the face of Africa in the near fu­ture,” said an elated Pan­choo.

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