Five-year-old tipped to be snooker world champion

Beau Thirsk
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A SCHOOLBOY aims to create a “baize of glory” after he was tipped for the top of the snooker world.

Five-year-old Beau Thirsk can just about peer over the top of the table, but has his sights firmly set on becoming a future world champion.

He has wowed seasoned professionals and club players alike since picking up a cue for the first time last year.

The youngster, from Belmont, Durham, has already taken on seven-time world champion Steve Davis, as well as world number five Stephen Maguire.

He even sports a silver player’s waistcoat signed by Davis and a specially-made cue inscribed with his name.

When they met earlier this year, Davis raised the prospect of Beau claiming his old world title in years to come.

His father, Jonny, 30, said: “When I watched him play, I realised he had quite a talent. I could see he had a good cueing action.

“He is tall for his age, which means he can reach high enough to play, but he should only get better as he gets older, and taller.”

Jonny, who helps run North-East Snooker Promotions, now takes his son to practice sessions twice a week, but says he will wait until he gets older before letting him decide whether to take it further.

Beau, a pupil at St Joseph’s RC Primary in Gilesgate, Durham, often practises at Toddy’s snooker hall, in Chester-le-Street.

Next month, the left-hander will team up with Davis again for a challenge match against the Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White and a lucky member of the audience at Spennymoor leisure centre in January.