Nationality
wal Wales
Titles
2015 Scottish Professional Champion, 2015 Welsh Professional Champion, 2016 British Professional Champion, 2016 World Series Gibraltar Champion, 2016 World Series Norway Champion
2015 Pro
44
2015 Tour
48
Seasons
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Name

Simon Ward

Nickname

The Boomerang

Home Town

Pontarddulais (Swansea)

First memory of playing pool?

Playing for the local pub team, I was only 8 years old and so my parents wouldn’t let me travel with the team to away matches!

What/who inspired you to play pool

I never really felt inspired by anyone in particular but I do remember watching an exhibition by Rob McKenna around 20 years ago, he never seemed to miss. I was lucky that I had a natural talent for the game and started winning tournaments at a young age, I just wanted to keep improving

Cue (details – eg wood type, tip size, how long you have had it)

Dragon Cue 7mm tip, 17.5oz, 59in, ash shaft with ebony butt and pink ivory splicing, 15 years

Years a Pro

IPA pro for 4 years

Best victory & why

Oracle Super Tour 2008. It had all the top professionals in the event and it was handicapped, and so made it the toughest event on the calendar at the time.

Amongst others I had to beat Tom Cousins (giving him a 1 frame head start to 8), Rob Chilton and Chris Melling in the final for the £3500 first prize. I was only 21 at the time and so to snap that event off was a very big scalp for me.

Most feared opponent & why

I don’t fear anyone, I love playing the top players in major events, especially in the latter stages.

Ambitions in the sport?

To be IPA World Champion and Number 1

Advice to any up and coming players

Enter as many high quality tournaments as you can and take practice seriously, ideally practice regularly with someone better than yourself.

Why the IPA?

The IPA can be to pool what the PDC is to darts, and I want to be one of the top players around when that happens.

Football Team

Super Leeds Utd!

Sporting hero?

Roger Federer – the greatest, most talented and classy tennis player ever

Singer/Band

Everything from Jagged Edge to Meatloaf
Describe yourself in 3 words

Confident, audacious, laid-back