Rita Holmes is a pretty tap and musical-comedy dance instructor from Leyton, near London, who never took much interest in snooker (a variant of pool) until she saw a championship match three years ago. Rita was impressed, took a year's coaching from a local expert and in 1953 won the British women's amateur title on her first try.
Meg Davis, 8, of Philadelphia is the latest member of the famed Kelly family to enter competitive sports. Granddaughter of Olympic Oarsman John B. Kelly Sr., she makes her figure skating debut this month.
Skaters Leo Lebel, 24, and sister Aldrina, 23, made off with the world barrel jumping championships. Leo's best (28 feet 7 inches) broke a world record after Aldrina made 18 feet 3 inches for a new women's mark.