Billiards Championship

Death of Eddie Charlton, Australia's most successful professional snooker player. An all-round sportsman, Eddie was a member of the Swansea Belmont crew that won the Australian surfing championships in 1950, and carried the flame on part of its journey to Melbourne for the 1956 Olympics. He also excelled at speed rollerskating, athletics, cricket and boxing, and finally became a professional snooker player at the age of 32. He won the Australian Championship 20 times in a 21-year period, won Pot Black three times (1972, 1973 and 1980), and was runner-up three times each in both the World Professional Snooker Championship (1968, 1973 and 1975) and the World Professional Billiards Championship (1974, 1976 and 1984).