Former snooker champ lands chair role at leading cue club
Former snooker champ lands chair role at leading cue sports club
New Zealand’s premier cue sports club Massé has appointed professional snooker legend, Dene O’Kane, as its new chairman.
O’Kane is New Zealand’s only snooker player to have competed successfully on the International Professional Snooker tour.
In 1980 at the age of only 17, O'Kane became New Zealand’s snooker champion and by the age of 21 he turned professional, playing at world championship level until retiring from professional snooker in 2008.
O’Kane says he is thrilled to take on the new role as he remains committed to strengthening cue sports in New Zealand.
“Massé has a great profile in the grass roots of the sport. We’re in a great position to back cue sports in New Zealand, in particular supporting our junior members and their ambitions for playing internationally,” O’Kane says.
“I would particularly like to focus on developing international playing opportunities for all of our members,” he adds.
O’Kane’s career involved numerous titles including 10 New Zealand titles, two Australian opens, two Oceania championships, and three World Masters Championships in 2004, 2005, and 2008.
His highest world ranking was 11, although he also made the top eight in the world professional snooker championships twice.
After living in London for 20 years and playing snooker throughout the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Bahrain, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, South Africa and Australia, O’Kane moved back to New Zealand to pursue a career in real estate.
O’Kane still plays snooker part-time and hopes to add to his list of international titles.