Premier local pool player makes call for sponsorship
Shayne Fairman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Sunil 'Termite' Kissen-dal is Jamaica's best-known name in the sport of pool, given that he has dominated for more than a decade, winning numerous competitions, as well as receiving regional and global invitations to elite international tournaments.
Achievements and bragging rights aside, he's a great lover of the sport of his choice, and is determined to represent Jamaica in another non-traditional sport internationally.
Kissendal, however, lacks funding to attend the 38th Billiard Congress of America National Championships set for July 16-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pursuit of dreams
"I am appealing for financial support in pursuit of my dreams, and the chance to represent the island," Kissendal said. He added that it would take between US$4,000 and $5,000 to make the trip.
"I am also making a formal appeal for sponsorship for future male and female national pool teams. We, the team members, will wear those generous sponsors' brands and logos, giving them maximum exposure internationally," said Kissendal, who is also the president of the Jamaica Pool Federation.
"I think I am experienced enough to bring home silverware and put Jamaica on the map internationally where pool is concerned. I am ranked in the masters category globally just a level below professional," he told The Sunday Gleaner.
He added that any investment made by corporate Jamaica would be appreciated. "We just want to show the world that there is talent in other sports here, too, and that we can represent brand Jamaica well."
Meanwhile, Bill Stock, who is the Rules & Referee Programme Administrator for the tournament, had high praise for Kissendal .
"I am familiar with Sunil. We have him ranked as an advanced player," said Stock.
Kissendal adds that he's done it all locally, and wants to spread his wings.
"Now I have to look internationally, as it is every athlete's dream to reach the highest level. I have lived a simple life as a farmer, but I know my talent is playing pool, so I just want some assistance to achieve my goals," he said.
He has received five international invitations, but has only been able to attend once because of funding. "I just hope Jamaica helps me realise my dreams this time," said the outstanding pool player.