Clifford Keys is the 2017 South African Wheelchair 8-Ball Pool Champion and his success could take him all the way to Blackpool, UK for the World Title. This is his inspiring story!


Clifford Keys is an everyday South African, his talents, however, are a little bit cooler. Clifford is the 2017 SA Wheelchair 8-Ball Champion and his skills have earned him the chance to win the World Title.

At age 15, he was in a freak bicycle accident that left him paralyzed. The incident changed his life forever but refusing to give up, he completed his high school diploma. Clifford went from strength to strength when he found his passion for playing pool.

“Since I broke my back in a freak bicycle accident in 1998 at the age of 15, which changed my life and dreams completely, pool became one of the sports I first tried after coming out of hospital. I did not play competitively for many years”

He competed in the South African Wheelchair 8-Ball Pool Championship for 5 years, his fifth being the year he reached his goal and earned the 2017 title.

Clifford, along with many other players from South Africa, was invited to attend the World Championship in Blackpool, England. The championship will be taking place from the 23rd to the 30th June 2018.

Each player is responsible for their costs and many have started campaigning to help raise funds. Clifford set up a crowdfund to raise the money needed to get to the championship. The costs included flights, accommodation, travel, entry fees, team uniforms and visa costs.

People have already made a decent dent in his crowdfunding campaign. If you would like to assist, you can do so here.

Clifford has decided that if he goes over the R32,500.00 goal he has set, he won’t be pocketing the extra money. Instead, he plans to pay it forward to the next person who is in need of funding and has created a crowdfunding campaign.

“I pledge, that should I receive more funding than I need in the long run, that I will assist another worthy crowdfunding campaign with any surplus.”

We wish you the best of luck in your campaign as well as in Blackpool at the World Wheelchair 8-ball Pool Championships. We will keep you updated on Clifford’s progress so stay tuned for more.

Sources: Supplied
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