Hicks keen to 'give something back'
AFTER more than two decades on the world snooker circuit, Andy Hicks, who lives near Launceston, has revealed how he wants to 'give something back to the game'.
The 40-year-old, who reached the World Snooker Championship semi-final during his career, announced his retirement from the game earlier this year.
And while he has not ruled out returning to the world circuit, Hicks continues to draw in the crowds with exhibitions being played across the south west. He is next appearing at the Godolphin Club in Helston on September 14.
One of his biggest passions in recent years has been coaching. He recently gained his professional coaching accreditation from World Snooker, which was presented to him by six time World Champion Steve Davis and 1979 World Champion Terry Griffiths. In between his time qualifying for snooker's biggest tournaments, Hicks has been able to pass on his knowledge to members of the Bells Court Snooker Club in Falmouth.
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He said: "After more than 20 years in the game I thought the time was right to give something back. I have worked hard at gaining my professional coaching accreditation from World Snooker and as a result of this hard work I am proud to say I am now a fully qualified snooker coach."
Tavistock-born Hicks is also already well renowned on the exhibition circuit, having scored more than 30 maximums on his travels.
He said: "My exhibition nights always prove very popular, and I've always received really good feedback from clubs and snooker fans."
Hicks turned professional in 1991, but it wasn't until 1995 that he came to prominence when he reached the semi-finals of the World Championships, beating Davis, Willie Thorne and Peter Ebdon, before losing to Nigel Bond in the semi-finals, 11–16.
In his later years in the game, Hicks has also been thankful for the support he has received from local businesses.
Most notably, the Balti Curry House in Falmouth have been very supportive.
He said: "I'm very grateful for all the support I have received from Balti in Falmouth. It's always really helpful to get support where you can and they have been fantastic to me."
For more information on Andy Hicks' coaching and exhibitions email firstname.lastname@example.org