Snooker referee Michaela Tabb wants to do racy photoshoot

April 18, 2022
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Snooker referee Michaela Tabb, who remains the only woman to have officiated a World Snooker Championship final, once pledged to pose for a racy photoshoot when her career comes to an end.

The revered Scottish official took charge of the biggest game in the sport in both 2009 and 2012 - a period in which she was open about her desire to complete a tasteful modelling shoot when her career came to an end.

Michaela wasn't ever worried about what snooker officials might think of her appearing in raunchy snaps having previously worked for Ann Summers - but hasn't been able to fulfil that goal just yet because she is still in the job a decade later.

Speaking to the Daily Record back in 2012, Michaela said when asked if she might do a racy photoshoot: "There’s a time and a place but not right before a big match when all I want people to think is that I am doing a great job as a ref, not that I’d just appeared with nothing on in a paper.

"So that was a big no-no."

Adding: "I wouldn’t mind doing something tasteful but I wouldn’t do any nude stuff.

"The only (sexy) shoot that I did was pre my snooker days."

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Michaela Tabb was not shy of the cameras during her time on the professional tour
Michaela Tabb was not shy of the cameras during her time on the professional tour



Michaela Tabb became the highest profile female referee in snooker
Michaela Tabb became the highest profile female referee in snooker

Michaela, who is married to four-time 8-ball pool world champion Ross McInnes, also discussed a former role at Ann Summers, which came before she was a professional referee.

She said of the role: "I was doing the parties at people’s houses and they were so funny.

"I displayed the items – there was some lovely lingerie – and the guests would then go and try them on. It was a really good laugh."



Snooker referee Michaela Tabb was not only known for her fine officiating
Snooker referee Michaela Tabb was not only known for her fine officiating



Michaela Tabb has been a trailblazer for women in the world of snooker
Michaela Tabb has been a trailblazer for women in the world of snooker

Michaela's time on the professional tour came to an end in March of 2015, after which she brought a court case against the governing body World Snooker for alleged sex discrimination and unfair dismissal as well as breach of contract.

In the following September, Michaela was paid an undisclosed sum, and has since been officiating on Senior Tour events, including World Seniors Championship finals in 2019, 2020 and 2022.

The Scot remains the only woman to have officiated at a World Championship final - but Bulgarian Desislava Bozhilova refereed her first Triple Crown final at the 2022 Masters earlier this year.



This post appeared first on Daily Star - Snooker.

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