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Dean Bavister

Dean Bavister

Dean Bavister

“I’m originally from Northamptonshire, and since December ’09 live in North Norfolk, near Fakenham. In 1991, aged 10, I went on a holiday to Hunstanton (now just up the road!) and that’s where I first picked up a cue, playing pool with my dad in the arcade, then later in the same holiday visiting a snooker club there. I lived in Rushden, and the Embassy Snooker Club was often frequented by the special young talent that was Shaun Murphy. He’d often play in the club’s Sunday tournaments, as the only youngster, and usually win! It is almost certainly this Murphy link that took me to the snooker club in Raunds (Cabreas Leisure at it was then known) as that was where Shaun regularly practised. A few years later, in October ’93, Mark Wildman took over the club (which became Raunds Cuesports), and introduced me to his beloved game of English Billiards (as well as carom!) which I’ve played ever since. In 1996 I won the National Under 16s Billiards Championship, which was held in Middlesbrough. Speaking live on the local radio almost immediately afterwards was probably more nerve-wracking! Throughout my junior years I played regularly in ABCs, national junior ranking events (winning some of those tournaments) and for England against N. Ireland three times between 1998 & 2000. Away from the table I play piano (mostly Chopin & Keane) and compose piano music. I’ve also played in a local chess league for Fakenham 2011-15. My favourite sport on TV is Formula 1 and snooker. I love a nice sunny walk and enjoy a good cycle ride.”