Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1963
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Pune, Maharashtra, India
Wilson Lionel Garton Jones, generally known as Wilson Jones was an Indian Billiards Player, and was the first World Champion in any sport that India had produced. Not only excellent Player, he also served as a commendable Billiards player and polished a number of Indian Billiards Players into extra-ordinary performers at International level. He was born on the 2nd of May 1922 at Pune, Maharashtra to an Anglo-Indian couple. He had developed love for the game of Billiards at a very early age when he used to watch his uncle play it in Pune. Jones received his education at the Bishop High School and St. Vincent’s High School, Pune. At the age of 17 years he joined the War Service in the year 1939.
Jones, a dominant national amateur champion for more than a decade, won the amateur world championship twice, in 1958 and 1964. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1963, the Padma Shri Award in 1965, and the Dronacharya Award in 1996. In 1950, he won his first national title, defeating T. A. Selvaraj in the final. During the next sixteen years, he won the amateur National Billiards Championship of Indian twelve times. In 1958, he won the World Amateur Billiards Championship held at Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta. This was followed up by another world title in 1964 in New Zealand. After retirement, Jones moved on to coaching, and mentored professional champions such Om Agarwal, Subhash Agarwal, and Ashok Shandilya. In 2003, Jones died following a heart attack.