Bob Turpin, QBSA Life Member, State & National Director of Coaching and much loved and valued member of Redlands RSL Snooker Club Committee has announced his retirement this week. Bob will be stepping down from all QBSA, ABSC and Redlands Club commitments as well as ceasing group and individual coaching at the end of this Pennant season to spend some well-deserved quality time with his family.
Most of us in the snooker and billiards community know Bob, but many do not know the extent of his dedication and generosity towards our sport, in particular with the juniors. Bob has been coaching junior and senior players for over 20 years. He runs junior coaching clinics on Sunday mornings at Redlands RSL where any junior is welcome to attend free of charge. He has individually coached dozens of players, again free of charge. He does charge a small fee to senior players and adult groups for coaching, however, this income is then donated back to the junior players for their travels to national events. He will never knock back a request for support from any junior player in the country.
Bob has coached Redlands juniors to over 100 state and national cue sport titles in this time (which he would never acknowledge publically himself), and in addition, the Queensland juniors (where at least one of the members each year has been coached by Bob) have been in the final of the Australian Junior Teams Challenge 13 out of the past 16 years, winning the title 10 of those years! If you talk with Bob about the junior players you will very quickly see that his coaching is not about these titles though, he will tell you that he enjoys watching the kids grow up and meet their own personal goals along the way.
Bob’s passion for our sport and ensuring it’s longevity in the Redlands, Queensland and the country is second to none. He promotes a love of the sport to everyone around him. He has recently ensured the state junior trophies and shields have been updated and he and his wife Val, have donated a new cup for the U15 state snooker title. Bob has been an integral member of Redlands RSL Snooker Club and a strong influence in driving an inclusive and supportive culture within the club. He is loved and highly respected by all and though we wish him well into the next phase of his life with his family, we will all miss him dearly.
Thank you, Bob, for everything, the Redlands RSL Snooker Club Committee.
The QBSA Management Committee would also like to thank Bob for his long-standing support and invaluable hard work over the years. Bob will be missed and hard to replace and we wish him all the best in the future. Thank you again for everything.