Michaela Tabb, World Renowned Snooker Referee by Suzy Jardine
During the mid 1990s Michaela began refereeing at amateur 8 ball pool tournaments run by herself and her husband Ross McInnes. And it was Ross who encouraged Michaela to pursue refereeing at a professional level. In 1997 after giving birth to her first son Morgan, Michaela made her debut as a professional referee at the Matchroom Sport's St Andrew's Cup that was to be held in Glasgow. After Ross suggested Michaela as a referee for the event, Michaela sent a copy of her CV and a photograph of herself to the organisers and she was offered the job.
2001 was to be an important year for Michaela as she received a telephone call from World Snooker asking if she would attend a meeting with a view to joining the snooker circuit as a referee. The following year Michaela made her debut as a snooker referee in a world ranking event when she took charge of the Welsh Open first round match between Ken Doherty and James Wattana. In 1993 she made history by becoming the first ‘Lady Ref’ to officiate at The Crucible during the World Snooker Championships taking charge of Mark King and Drew Henry.
Having established herself as a referee on the snooker circuit Michaela in February 2007 became the first lady to referee the final of a world ranking event when she officiated at the final of the Welsh Open between Neil Robertson and Andrew Higginson. This was followed by refereeing the 2008 finals of the Masters at the Wembley Conference Centre and also the final of the China Open in Beijing.
Having refereed a number of ranking event finals the supreme honour in snooker refereeing was given to Michaela in 2009 when she officiated at the final of the World Championship at The Crucible between John Higgins and Shaun Murphy.
Michaela still continues to referee at Pool and is a regular in The Philippines and Las Vegas, much to her fans delight. Away from the sport Michaela, who rejoices in the soubriquets of "Lady Ref" and "The Queen of Snooker" resides in Dunfermline with her two sons Morgan and Preston and her husband Ross. When not refereeing Michaela enjoys reading, poker, facebook and twitter!
Question Time with Michaela Tabb AKA Lady Ref!
Star sign: Sagittarius
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite food: Italian - I'm a pizza and pasta freak!
Favourite drink: Coffee or Rose wine depends on the occasion ;-)
Favourite subject at school: Biology
Favourite UK destination: Cornwall everytime
Favourite authors: Peter James, James Patterson and currently Simon Kernick
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption (My son is named after Morgan Freeman)
Favourite TV programme: House and usual Strictly, X-Factor and their American versions, we SKY+ them all!
Favourite music: All sorts, too many to mention
Favourite snooker venue: The Crucible for the intimacy and The Tempodrom in Berlin for the noise!
Favourite pool venue: Anywhere in the Philippines and York Hall for the Mosconi Cup
Worst habit: Being late and doing everything at the last minute...
Dislikes: Violence of any kind, especially to kids and animals grrrrrrrrrrr
Tell us two things we don't know about you: Firstly, I am a games freak - I have been a Super Mario fan for over 20 years and a Zelda fan since its launch. Secondly, I used to work as a successful sales rep for Ann Summers!!!