Pam basks in a baize of glory

By day legal secretary Pam Wood sits behind a desk at one of the region's leading law firms.

Pam Wood

By day legal secretary Pam Wood sits behind a desk at one of the region's leading law firms. But by night she dons waistcoat and dickie-bow - and is now a world snooker champion.

The 38-year-old, who works for Ward Hadaway in Newcastle, won the Ladies' Doubles title at the World Ladies Snooker Championship in Cambridge.

Pam, who lives in North Shields, teamed up with Christine Sharpe from Essex to pocket the crown, winning the final.

Back at her office on Newcastle's Quayside, Pam said: "It was fantastic to win - it's a great feeling to be a world champion.

"I never expected it to happen. I just wanted to qualify for the later stages of the singles competition but I narrowly missed out on that."

Pam narrowly missed out on a double world championship win when she teamed up with Wallsend's former world under-21 champion Gary Wilson in the mixed doubles event. The pair beat reigning Ladies World Champion Reanne Evans and her partner Mark Allen - a professional snooker player - in the semi-final only to lose 3-1 in the final.

The legal secretary, who has worked at Ward Hadaway for the past two years, first took up snooker when she was working as a secretary at Northumbria University.

She said: "The university's staff bar had a snooker table downstairs and one of the van drivers there taught me how to play. "I used to finish my shift at 1.30pm and be straight on the table and play all afternoon before starting my second job at 7pm."

After a four-year break while she completed an LLB (Hons) in Law at Northumbria University, Pam now plays for the Wallsend Supasnooker B Team in the North Shields and District League.

So far, her record break in tournament play is 56, although she has chalked up a 99 in practice.

Pam warmed up for the World Championships two weeks ago with a 10-hour charity marathon at Wallsend Supasnooker last month, raising more than £370 for Comic Relief.

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: "Well done to Pam - it is great to know that we have a real world champion at the firm."

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