World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) was formed in 1981 by Mandy Fisher and has been responsible for the staging of women’s snooker events ever since.
In 2015, the WLBS underwent a major restructure as it became a subsidiary company of snooker’s world governing body, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).
Both the WLBS and the WPBSA firmly believe that there should be no boundaries to participate in sport. The WLBS is looking to work with national federations to provide a fuller calendar of events and give opportunity for a fair rankings system for female players across the globe.
In 2017 the WLBS became a full member of the World Snooker Federation, a new International Federation for Snooker based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created to unify the amateur and professional elements of the sport.
With the support provided by the WSF and WPBSA, the World Women’s Snooker Tour provides a clear pathway for the world’s best women players to be able to play at prestigious mixed gender professional events. Since the start of 2017 women have competed at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, the IWGA World Games in Poland, World Snooker Challenge Tour and Q School.
The WLBS board is run on a day-to-day basis by its board of directors, under the governance of the WPBSA. WPBSA chairman and World Snooker director Jason Ferguson also assists the board in an advisory role.
You can also learn more about the history of the World Women’s Snooker Championship.
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