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Women’s Billiards Association

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The Women’s Billiards Association (WBA), founded in 1931 and based in London, United Kingdom, was the governing body for women’s English billiards and snooker, and organised the Women’s Professional Billiards Championship and Women’s Professional Snooker Championship as well as amateur and junior competitions. The founding meeting was held on 13 May 1931 at the Women’s Automobile and Sports Association. The meeting was chaired by Teresa Billington-Greig and appointed Viscountess Elibank as the first president and Mrs Longworth as the first chairman. The WBA ran amateur and professional billiards competitions starting from 1932, an amateur snooker tournament from 1933, and a professional snooker championship from 1934.

Governing body for cue sports Billiards and Snooker

Women’s Billiards Association
Sport Amateur and professional women’s snooker and billiards
Jurisdiction UK and Ireland
Abbreviation WBA
Founded 1931
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Replaced 1976

It affiliated to the Billiards Association and Control Council (BA&CC) in 1935. In 1936, after a proposal by the Association, the BA&CC took over the management of the WBA. The Association continued to stage professional competitions until 1950, and amateur competitions until the 1970s, when the Women’s Billiards & Snooker Association, which was formed in 1976, and later the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association, founded in 1981, took control of the games.

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Teresa Billington-Greig (pictured c.1910), who chaired the founding meeting of the Women’s Billiards Association

The Women’s Billiards Association (WBA) was founded on 13 May 1931 at the Women’s Automobile and Sports Association, Buckingham Palace Gardens, London, with the objective of controlling the amateur and professional English billiards and snooker championships for women, and promoting other tournaments and competitions. Viscountess Elibank was appointed president, Mrs Longworth was chairman, and Teresa Billington-Greig, who had chaired this initial meeting, became acting honorary secretary. Miss Marx of the Women’s Sports and Automobile Association became honorary treasurer. Other council members appointed included Mrs Eddowes, runner-up in the previous amateur billiards championship, Thelma Carpenter, and Lady Constance Childe-Pemberton.[1] The majority of the council members were subscribers to the Lyceum Club, which had a billiards “circle” (group for activities). Billington-Greig’s husband sold billiard tables for Burroughes & Watts Ltd, and she had substituted for him at work during part of World War I and again in 1923.[2][3]

The jurisdiction of the WBA as the governing body for women’s English billiards and snooker covered the United Kingdom and Ireland.[4]

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