President's Blog

November 2010

Kia ora tatou o te iwi o Aotearoa - greetings to the people of NZ

My first presidential blog for our members and the general public. Since my appointment in this position and with some of the new members of the board we have been busy getting things organised for the next 12 months. A busy year is upon us with two major events ahead in 2011, this being the Oceania in Auckland and the IBSF World Billiards in Christchurch. Clive Thomson is the coordinator for the Oceania and Alan Parris is dealing with the World Billiards in Christchurch.

As you know our NZ U21 team of Ryan Knott, Shannon Swain and Sam Bond, under the close eye of their team manager Gary Gillard just returned from attending the IBSF World Under 21s, they did us proud - great going guys and thanks Gary, also to all those individuals and organisations that supported the boys in their fundraising efforts.

On the 1st of December 2010 our team of 7 NZ snooker players will head to Syria for the IBSF World Champs - our reps are Senior Snooker players - Gary Gillard and Jason Todd, for the masters Clive Thompson and Paul Bason, this year we have 3 women attending as well and they are Ramona Belmont, Kim Cullen and Nita Clarkson. Good luck everyone - hope you all do well over there.

IBSF - Ray Habgood has been successful and retained his position as the treasurer of the IBSF, well done Ray. He is also our representative on the Oceania Billiards & Snooker committee. Our delegate in Syria this year will be Dan O'Sullivan who was appointed at our November meeting.

Meetings - I am glad to say that our board has been meeting every month by way of using the "Go To Meeting" service kindly offered by Gary Gillards partner Jenny Sullivan, this is a great help to our organisation as we have saved hundreds of $$ and huge amount of time in getting to a face to face meeting, just ask Jason Todd. Thanks to Jenny and Gary. Minutes of the meetings will be emailed to any financial member of the NZBSA as part of our improved communication to all financial members of our organisation - if you would like the minutes of our meetings send your email details to our secretary Dan O'Sullivan - thanks Dan (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Fundraising - Our first raffle for the NZBSA has been successfully completed. Instigated by Gary Gillard, tickets have been a sell out and the results have been posted on our website. Congrats to those winners, your cheques will be in the mail. Thanks to all those who bought a ticket and those that sold tickets. The next tournament you attend don't be surprised if Clive Thomson or any of our executive taps you on the shoulder, any support you can offer is appreciated. Fundraising for this raffle will go towards Juniors and coaching.
Constitution - the board is working updating and amending its constitution to incorporate changes as raised at the last AGM. Alan Parris has this at hand, a special meeting will be organised with the associations to vote on these changes at which stage these can be forwarded for registration.

Website - we are developing the website further with changes being made to accommodate advertising of suppliers, sponsors, businesses etc. If you would like to advertise on this website the cost is $500+GST and this gets you 12months advertising. We will have all results for next year's major events prominently displayed on our website with links to other websites as well.

Coaching - Our head coach for the NZBSA is Gary Gillard, who has also achieved an examiners qualification under the IBSF recognised coaching program. Well done Gary. This means that Gary will be able to certify others who want to become coaches. We are hoping to introduce the program to the different regions.

Junior Development - This year we held the Junior Snooker Champs in Hastings and this year we had 34 players in the different categories, last year we had 27 players. Congrats to our juniors - great 4 days of snooker, enjoyed by all. A special mention on the efforts of Dave Holmes in HB doing an excellent job with the junior players. Next year we hope to have the champs in the central North Island and the following year in the South Island - at least that's the plan. In Glen Eden we have commenced the junior billiards program with the help of John Keatley who has offered books and a CD on basic billiards. It is hoped that we can incorporate a NZ Junior Billiards Championship next year.

Annual Billiards and Snooker Awards - this year was the first of the awards program and this went extremely well. We shall have the nomination forms for those associations wishing to nominate players, referees and administrators from their regions for next years awards. This is planned to be held at the NZ National Snooker & Billiards Champs 2011 in Gore (South Island).

More later and will keep you informed.

Wyn Belmont
President NZBSA