ON CUE: Steve Donohoe keeps his eye in with almost daily practice sessions on Maroochy RSL’s snooker tables.
ON CUE: Steve Donohoe keeps his eye in with almost daily practice sessions on Maroochy RSL’s snooker tables. Warren Lynam

Steve Donohoe: the only athlete training at the RSL

STEVE Donohoe might be the only man in Australia who goes down to the RSL to hone his world championship credentials.

The Oceania Six Red Snooker champion takes every opportunity to visit Maroochydore RSL's snooker room and practise his skills before next month's world championships in Egypt.

"I'm down here whenever I can get down here at the moment," Donohoe said.

"I'm usually here five days a week for a few hours at a time."

Donohoe also qualified for International Billiards and Snooker Federation's Six Red Championships with a win at the Oceania men's six red title in Albury, New South Wales.

Known as the snooker's Twenty20, six red is gaining popularity internationally but is little known in Australia.

Instead of the usual 15 red balls, this game has six, as the name implies.

Donohoe, who has been recognised as the Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Star for April, said the upcoming challenges were daunting and exciting.

"I put a lot of time and practice into this and it's great to be able to represent Oceania on the international stage," he said.

Donohoe said the sport's fledgling status made it hard to attract the sponsors needed to travel to major international events.

He fears he may not be able to compete overseas without more corporate backing.

"Oaks Hotels and Resorts, where I work, have been great with getting me accommodation and the RSL have been really good but unless I come up with a little bit of money I won't be able to go," he said."



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