celebrity speaker, Michaela Tabb is a Scottish snooker and pool referee, notable for establishing significant milestones for women officials in professional snooker.
the glamorous Michaela began refereeing professionally on the pool circuit in 1997, and has officiated at top pool tournaments such as the WPA World Nine-ball Championship and the Mosconi Cup.
After qualifying in 2001 to referee on the professional snooker tour, she went on to become the sport's highest profile referee. popular with fans, During her 14 years on the tour, she became the first woman to officiate at a professional ranking snooker tournament, the first woman to referee a ranking tournament final (2007), and the only woman ever to have refereed the World Snooker Championship final (2009 and 2012).
Michaela is also a former player on the women's eight-ball pool circuit, where she won a number of titles as a solo competitor and as a member, and later captain, of the Scottish Ladies' Pool Team. she went on to captain the team to two consecutive "Grand Slams" in 1997 and 1998 by winning the Nations Cup, European Championships, and World Championships in the same season. As an individual competitor, michaela won the UK women's singles title in 1997. The following year, she won the European Women's Pool Championship in Gibraltar.
michaela refereed on television for the first time in the 1998 St Andrew's Cup, sponsored by Barry Hearn's Matchroom Sport, was broadcast on Sky. She went on to become one of pool's top officials, refereeing at the WPA World Nine-ball Championship, the Mosconi Cup, and the sport's other premiere events.In 2017 Tabb became the head referee on the World Pool Series.
michaela has a warm personality, is interesting and funny. audiences are appreciative of stories of her life on the road, often as the the only woman. she is a firm favourite at university, corporate and sporting dinners and events. book well in advance of your event date to avoid disappointment.
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