Monday, 29 February 2016

Change at the Top: Jacques Roy coming back as head of ABO

Just before the start of the ABO tournament on Saturday, February 27, ABO president Mike Meunier announced to all present that he will be stepping down at the end of this season to be replaced by Jacques Roy. 

Jacques was the founding president of the ABO back in January 1997 
The ABO will celebrate its 20th  anniversary in 2017 and it is largely for that reason that he has accepted to head once again the association that he and others steered until the end of 2002-2003. 

His team will be complemented by François LeBlanc, Marc-André Mercier and Monique Thibert. The team "will be developing some important fine tuning and  probable  restructuring of ABO tournaments", said Jacques Roy in his  short introduction speech. Luc Comtois will be a resource person to the team as it plans ahead. 

Jacques Roy is well known in the billiard world in the Greater Gatineau and Ottawa area, as well as elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario as an amateur player, a tournament director, a promoter, a referee, a writer and a television analyst and colour commentator, mostly from 1997 to 2004. 

His return to active duty appears to be most welcome.

Your new President Jacques Roy 
Below is a list of Roy's Billiard related credentials:

-1997 to 2003 President of the Association de Billard de l’Outaouais ABO

-1997 Produced a televised Billiard Challenge at the Casino de Hull

-Three rounds of Nine Ball between Alain Martel, Luc Salvas, Jeff White and Joe Laurence

-For starters, one round between André Goyette and Anita Kuczma (mother of John Morra)

-Colour commentator and analyst for the French language Sports Network (RDS) which had all matches divided into four one hour showings in January 1998.
2000 Assistant tournament Director at the WPA World Pool Championships (Women and Juniors) in Quebec City, Canada. 

-The Director was Jorgen Sandman from SwedenThe women division included Allison Fisher, Ewa Mataya Laurance, Karen Corr and all the other great women professional players.
The junior division included Erik Hjorleifson. The official referee was Michaela Tabb from Scotland

-Contributing writer for:

- Chalk and Cue
(Canada's Billiard Magazine, published by Sheri Richardson)
- Le Babillard, published by Fédération québécoise de billard
(Both magazines do not now publish)
February 2016

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