- What is my ethnicity:
- Tint of my iris:
- I’ve got large hazel eyes but I use colored contact lenses
- I understand:
- English, Japanese
- Favourite drink:
- Favourite music:
- Other hobbies:
- Riding a horse
Allison Fisherborn Feb. Her achievements led many observers of cue sports to deem Fisher the best female pocket billiards player in history.
I t is a connoisseur's hat-trick. First, you win the women's nine-ball pool gold medal representing the United Kingdom at the World Games in Taiwan.
Barry Hearn is "virtually present" thanks to a recorded video. Third, you are shortlisted for Stonewall's Sports Award of the Year. Barry sends a video in but fails to make the cut. Many sports stars would struggle to complete the equivalent of the above in a lifetime; Allison Fisher has pulled it off in the last few months.
Sitting in a cafe in Islington, with her mum beside her chugging on an inhalator after open heart surgery, Fisher could not be more modest about her achievements. Not the least of which is that she was world snooker champion 11 times before she even took up pool.
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It all began with Pot Black. She was sitting watching the programme with her father and was immediately entranced. Various small tables were bought and then the family moved to Peacehaven "A rash on the countryside … there is no worse in England" — Pevsner. Within a year she was picked for the pub league team. Next step was the women's national tournaments. The one after the final. And the fourth one I won.
Then Frank Callan entered her life. Callan, a one-time wet fish merchant, is the man who made Steve Davis. He says of himself: "I am of a peculiar nature. I can't change a plug at home. But I like sports. I like taking things to pieces and putting them together again, are you with me?
I like to look into things. I don't stop at the surface.
Davis says of Callan: "It sounds big-headed, but we know so much more than anybody else about the game, that we talk on a level that very few people do. Usually you start talking to somebody that you think should know about snooker, and you can see you're losing them. That doesn't happen with Frank.
She was She won.
And she kept on winning. Her exploits registering on Barry Hearn's radar — he ed her up in her early 20s as "a warm-up act for the Matchroom League". They have big egos and a lot of the guys couldn't cope with losing to a female. There were exceptions to the misogynistic mean. John Parrott and Stephen Hendry played me like a player, not like a girl. Jimmy White was always wonderful.
Meanwhile, she continued racking up world championships until a tournament in India proved to be a break too far. And we got there and it was just a concrete room with the air conditioning hanging out of the door and a red curtain on the wall and I said to my mum: 'This is the last time you will see me play snooker. To fulfil the promise, the year-old Fisher bought a one-way ticket to Las Vegas then secured an invitation to a tournament at Mother's Billiard Parlor in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The next tournament she won.
Once again, Fisher kept on winning. To date she has won 50 WPBA titles, including four world nine-ball tournaments.
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In she won eight consecutive tournaments. But couldn't she have made even more as a hustler? Let me know when you are coming over and we'll make some money. But Fisher declined. Her strengths are her cueing action and mental fortitude.
Fisher still lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. I played my first tournament here and have stayed ever since. I'm in a very secure loving and happy relationship and comfortable with my life and looking forward to motherhood.
It's the next step in my life. The Observer Snooker. Will Buckley. The time world snooker champion has found a new lease of life in nine-ball pool. Photograph: Richard Saker. Sun 8 Nov Topics Snooker The Observer interviews.
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