Name: Joel Walker
DOB: 16th March 1984
Turned Pro: 2012
Highest Ranking: N/A
Highest Break: 128×2 (2013)
Career Highlights: 2012 Q School qualifier, 2010 Rileys Future Stars winner, 2012 ET5 last 32
Sheffield prospect Joel Walker first made a name for himself at the 2010 Rileys Future Stars competition, seeing off the likes of Zac Barton, Jamie Rhys Clarke, Lewis Hargreaves, Joseph McLaren, Sean O’Sullivan, Jordan Rimmer and Jake Stewart to win the competition and the top prize of £5,000.
In 2011 he came close to qualifying for the main tour with a fourth round run at the second of the three Q School events, before losing to eventual qualifier Simon Bedford.
Joel at the 2012 UKPTC4 event
A year later however Joel was to go all the way, victories against Shaun Wilkes, Adrian Ridley, Adam Wicheard, John Sutton and Justin Astley seeing him earn a two-year tour card.
Joel was to show flashes of his talent during what would prove to be a tricky 2012/13 season, winning just seven matches, but defeating players of the calibre of Stuart Bingham, Fergal O’Brien and Cao Yupeng along the way.