Ron Atkins' interest in snooker began at age 17.
He became a regular visitor to the old Lyceum Pool Hall in St John St now occupied by shops and an art studio set up by Alderman Janie Dickenson.
At the age of 23 he won his first club championship and did not relinquish the title for another 16 successive years.
He won the Northern Title in 1964 and challenged the State Champion in Queenstown.
Ron won the state title and held it and the northern title for the next 14 years in a row.
He held the Australian title for 3 years from 1975 to 1977.
A special career highlight was the 1980 World Championship held in Launceston.
Ron played in his last State titles at the Launceston Working Man's Club this weekend (Aug 4-5,2001).
Ron who has regularly promoted the sport in his regular column in The Examiner Newspaper has decided to put in the cue in the rack and retire.
Good On Ya Ron,you will always be remembered as a favourite Launceston Champion.