Dalby pool master is world title bound
Pool: There is no greater honour in any sport than being selected to represent your country on the world stage.
Accomplished Dalby pool player Nathan Appleton has received this honour and will test his skills against the best in the world when he travels to Malta to play in the World 8-Ball Team Championships.
The 25-year-old has been selected to play for Australia at the tournament held in November and is hoping to establish himself on the world stage.
Appleton said he only became interested in pool because he grew up surrounded by pool tables, as his family owned pubs.
A medical condition at a young age meant Appleton had to develop his own unique playing style.
However unorthodox his style may be, Appleton has had success seemingly since he first picked up a pool cue.
From playing in his first tournament with adults when he was aged six, he managed to qualify for his first national team at the age of nine.
Playing against the best in the country for the Queensland team through his junior years, Appleton is now excited about the prospect of playing against the best in the world.
He said it was a privilege to be selected to play in the prestigious tournament.
"I am honoured to get the call-up to play for Australia,” Appleton said.
"I just want to do my best for the team.”
This will be by far the toughest test Appleton has taken on in his career.
Appleton said he hoped to play his best pool at the world championship, shoot consistently throughout the tournament and hold his own against the more experienced players.
"I would like to hold my own throughout the tournament,” he said.
"I am proud to put on the green and gold and am looking forward to the opportunity.”