With eyes on the pockets

2016-12-13 06:01
Kyle Akaloo has his eye on the pocket. Photo: supplied

Kyle Akaloo has his eye on the pocket. Photo: supplied

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FOR 26-year-old Kyle Akaloo being chosen to represent KZN at the SA Blackball Championships in January 2017 is a dream come true.

Akaloo has many titles under his belt - the SA U23 second ranked player in 2010, SA U23, second ranked player in 2011, SA U23 first ranked player in 2012, SA U23 singles KO champion, KZN men’s first ranked player 2014, KZN men’s first ranked player in 2016, KZN men’s singles KO champion 2016. KZN Snooker first ranked player 2015 and KZN Snooker first ranked player in 2016.

He said his passion for playing pool and snooker is a major part of his life.
“I started playing pool at the age of eight. I was introduced to the sport by my dad, Mervin, who started coaching me and I did tell him that one day I would be a champion,” he said.

Describing himself as confident, Akaloo said he sets firm goals for himself and once those goals are defined he takes the necessary steps to achieve them.

“I aspire to be the best I can possibly be in the sport and to achieve that I know I have to be willing to learn and grow.
“I look at what I can improve on for the next game and am constantly work on improving my skills and try to practice as often as possible,” said Akaloo.

Akaloo’s role models are his grandparents.
“They have been the rocks in my life, they constantly motivate me to be the best I can in the sport, and with my life. I could not ask for a better support structure.

“In addition, I would also say that my uncle is a great role model as he is a self-made man.”

Speaking about being ranked first in snooker and pool in KZN he said: “I feel very proud and privileged to be the number one seed to represent KZN at the SA Championships which will be held at Carnival City in January.
“I plan on bringing it home for KZN and will try my level best to ensure that happens,” he said.

His message to the youth is to not give up on dreams.
“With hard work and motivation only you have the capability of making those dreams become reality.”

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