LUTH Howell says he’s lucky to be heading to the World Blackball Championships later this year, but admits he’s even luckier to be alive.
The 38-year-old will represent his country for the second time on the world stage in November when he heads to England for the 2018 blackball pool world titles in Bridlington.
That’s impressive enough for any person, let alone someone who has endured a similar run in life to that of Howell.
Howell was four years old when his skull was crushed by a tractor in a farm accident in Tasmania.
Then, when aged 22, Howell was riding his motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a truck near Cranbourne that left him close to death and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
With Australia committed to sending men’s, women’s, under-23 and masters (50+) teams, Howell was picked as the lone wheelchair representative in green and gold.
He finished 10th in 2016 and is hoping to do better this year.
Blackball pool is a modified version of the popular game where a penalty counts as only one shot instead of two.
Howell said it is an honour and a privilege to represent the green and gold, but he is seeking financial assistance in getting there.
Howell is raising funds to go towards his trip in November.
Donations can be made by contacting Luth on 0448 034 984.