Vera Selby Cause of : The world of snooker is mourning the loss of Vera Selby, the first-ever winner of the Women's Snooker Championship.

Vera Selby Cause of Death, Obituary, Funeral

Selby passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind a legacy as a trailblazer for women's cue sports. The cause of her death is not announced yet.

Born in Yorkshire, Selby made a name for herself as a player, referee, and TV commentator. Her achievements in the sport earned her recognition and respect, including the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award in 2016 for her services to sport.

Selby's historic win came in 1976 when she beat Muriel Hazeldine 4-0 in the final, becoming the first-ever Women's Snooker Champion. She then went on to win the title again in 1981, defeating Mandy Fisher 3-0 at the age of 51. Additionally, Selby won the World Women's Billiards Championship an impressive eight times between 1970 and 1978.

In 1982, Selby became part of the BBC commentary team at the World Championship, further contributing to the sport beyond her playing days. She continued to play and coach well into her 80s, inspiring generations of women to follow in her footsteps.

Selby's contributions to women's snooker were recognized and celebrated by fellow players. Shaun Murphy, a professional snooker player, acknowledged Selby's impact on the sport in a social media post. He said, “I didn't get to meet Vera Selby, but she was one of the pioneers of Women's Snooker and an early trail-blazer for girls and women who followed. May she rest in peace.”

Reanne Evans, another professional snooker player, shared her memories of Selby on social media. She said, “I've just been told that Vera Selby passed away last night age 93, so sad. I had the pleasure of meeting Vera in Sheffield, doing a few interviews together. God bless Vera.”

The World Snooker Tour (WST) and World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) expressed their gratitude to Selby for her significant contribution to the sport. They also sent their condolences to Selby's family and friends during this difficult time.

Vera Selby will always be remembered as a pioneer and a trailblazer for women's cue sports. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations of players to come.



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