The 2012 WPA World Junior & Wheelchair 9-Ball Championships came to a close on December 7, 2012, as new champions were crowned in Willingen, Germany. Billiard Education Foundation director Samm Vidal-Claramunt has the details on the final rounds of this year’s World Championships, read on for her story…
Champions Crowned at WPA World Junior & Wheelchair Championships
December 7, 2012 (Englewood, CO): Cheng-Chieh Liu of Taiwan, Kamila Khodjaeva of Belgium, and Henrik Larsson of Sweden secure gold medals at the 21st Annual WPA Junior & Wheelchair 9-Ball Championships in Willingen, Germany.
In the junior boys division, Liu went undefeated to take top honors among the strong field of 32 players. In the girls division, Khodjaeva defeated reigning champion, Czuprynska, in the finals with a convincing score of 7-0. Meanwhile, Larsson received his sixth medal, and fourth gold medal, in the wheelchair division.
Photo by Markus Hofstätter – www.poolaroids.com
Over 30 countries were represented at this prestigious event and the Billiard Education Foundation coordinated international travel for the nine North American junior representatives: Brendan Crockett (USA), Chad Behnke (USA), Brady Behrman (USA), Manny Perez (USA), Brianna Miller (USA), April Larson (USA), Charles Guimont (CAN), Cody Ward (CAN), and Kayla Roloson (CAN).
Miller and Behnke both continued to day three of competition, finishing just one spot away from achieving a medal. The BEF congratulates our young North American players for their hard work and dedication. These junior players achieved their chance to compete in this world event through the junior state and national championships. 2013 marks the 25th Annual Junior National 9-ball Championships. Summer dates and location will be announced soon.
Cheng-Chieh Liu, Chinese Taipei – Gold Medal
Tobias Bongers, Germany – Silver Medal
Moritz Lauwereyns, Belgium – Bronze Medal
Berk Mehmetcik, North Cyprus – Bronze Medal
Kamila Khodjaeva, Belgium – Gold Medal
Oliwia Czuprynska, Poland – Silver Medal
Karen Garcia, Nicaragua – Bronze Medal
Szu-Ting Kuo, Chinese Taipei – Bronze Medal
Henrik Larsson, Sweden – Gold Medal
Jouni Tahti, Finland – Silver Medal
Fred Dinsmore, Ireland – Bronze Medal
Roy Kimberley, Great Britain – Bronze Medal
The WPA provided online brackets, live scoring, and complete event information at www.wpapoolonline.com. Live was made available by www.kozoom.com. The online photo galleries are courtesy of Markus Hofstaetter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/.
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.