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My name is Aimee Benn, I’m 18 years old and I’ve been playing snooker since I was 12. The Paul Hunter Foundation is what enticed me into the sport, as I joined a beginner’s course at The Menstone Club with WPBSA coach – David Horrix – in January of 2015. Only a short time after picking up a cue for the first time, I was out competing against some of the best women players in the world! I entered the women’s UK Championships in September 2015 at The Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds and I had little to no expectations of myself so coming out of it having won a frame at 13 years old was incredible. Everyone was very friendly and helped my love of the game grow even more! In one match I was drawn against the 12 times Ladies World Champion, Reanne Evans who was exceptional to watch and was very amiable afterwards.
By this time, I knew I was hooked, and I was practicing or being coached 3 times a week at The Menstone and I will be forever grateful to those who helped and supported me including Simon at The Billiard Supply co who sponsored me. When I had first started out, The Menstone set up a junior tournament, which I went on to win and I achieved the highest break of the competition, where I won my first of many trophies. I have since organised competitions, helped out with junior coaching, I’ve also captained the junior league team at The Menstone and played on my dads’ league team in division one of the Otley and district league team where we won Division 2 and then Division 1 in consecutive seasons. I also was very proud to win the Otley & District Snooker League singles trophy in my first season. I’ve also entered many other competitions with the official World Women’s Snooker tour since, both local and some further afield in Leeds, Derby, Dunstable, Ireland, Germany and more. During my 2017/2018 season, I reached the last 16 of every event I participated in and I managed to get to the semi-final of one as well as achieving my career high ranking of 9th in the world, all before my 16th birthday!
I am currently studying for a Mathematics and Economics degree at Lancaster University so I’m on a break from snooker for the time being, but I’m hoping to get back on the baize when clubs open again (covid permitting). My aspirations still stand – I hope to one day play at the crucible in Sheffield and achieve a century break.
Profile: Amateur Snooker Player
From: Keighley, England
Playing since: Feb 2016 World Women’s Snooker Tour
Highest ranking: 3 (February 2018)
Career highlights: 2016, 2017, 2018 World Women’s championship semi-finalist, 2017 Connie Gough trophy finalist, 2017 Paul Hunter women’s classic semi-finalist, 2017 Women’s Masters semi-finalist, 2017 UK Women’s Championship semi-finalist, 2018 Women’s Irish Open Winner, 2018 Yorkshire Ladies Championships Winner, 2018 Eden Masters Finalist, 2018 UK Championships Finalist. Q school sponsor and challenge tour 2019/2020/2021
A relative newcomer to the World Women’s Snooker circuit, Keighley’s Rebecca Kenna made an immediate impression as she progressed to the semi-finals of the World Women’s Snooker Championship on her debut appearance in 2016.
Since then she has continued to perform consistently, defeating Reanne Evans on her way to reaching her first World Women’s Snooker Ranking Final at the 2017 Connie Gough Trophy and going on to repeat her last four run at the World Women’s Championship to climb to a career-high ranking of number six at the end of her first full season.
In 2018 she reached a further two ranking event finals at the UK women’s Championship and the Eden Women’s Masters. Despite losing out to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee and England’s Reanne Evans respectively, she underlined her position as one of the most consistent players on the circuit.
Away from the table, Rebecca Kenna is the co-owner of Cue Sports Yorkshire and is a full-time snooker coach having gained the 1st 4sport level 2 certificate in snooker coaching in November 2018.
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