Allison Fisher Nominated for Sportswoman of the Year
Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) superstar Allison Fisher has been nominated for “Sportswoman of the Year” award for her exemplary performance in billiards by Women’s Sports Foundation.
The selection process was not an easy task this year with the consideration of all the Olympic athletes, so this is a particularly high honor for Allison to be nominated among the individuals selected. Allison Fisher gathered more top honors to add to her already crowded collection.
In August of 2007 Fisher won her third consecutive Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) U.S. Open Championship, earning an unprecedented 50th WPBA title. Fisher came in second place at the WPBA Midwest Classic (October). In November of 2007 Fisher won her eighth WPBA National Championship in Lincoln City, Ore., solidifying her sixth consecutive Player of the Year award. Fisher started out 2008 on the same foot, winning the first WPBA event of the year, the San Diego Classic (April). She also placed third at the WPBA World 9-Ball Championship and won her second WPBA title of the year at the WPBA Great Lakes Classic times (June).
Fans can vote for Allison Fisher here
About the Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation is an educational nonprofit (501(c)(3) charity) organization founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King. Its mission is to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
One of the top five public grant-giving women’s funds in the United States, the Foundation distributes $10,000-20,000 per week from operating dollars to provide opportunities for socioeconomically underprivileged and inactive girls to participate in sports and physical activity.
The Foundation’s advocacy efforts have directly affected the amount of scholarship dollars supporting educational opportunities for female student-athletes in the United States. In 1972, women received only $100,000 but now receive $617 million a year.
About Allison Fisher
Allison Fisher is universally regarded as the most successful billiards player in history. Since winning her first world championship at age 17, she has amassed more world, national, and professional titles than any other sports star—male or female. Her personal achievements, industry contributions, and dedication to the less fortunate have transformed her into a true champion in sport and life, and her good natured elegance has endeared her to millions of fans around the world.
Allison was born in Cheshunt, England, on February 24, 1968. She began playing billiards at age seven and credits her parents, Peter and Christine, for enabling one of sports’ truly remarkable careers.
Today Allison dominates women’s cue-sports. She won 80 national and 11 world titles, and became a household name in Great Britain before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1995. Since immigrating to the United States, she has added 53 Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) “Classic Tour” titles and an unprecedented 21 international championships to her record.
Allison’s achievements are unmatched in any sport:
• More tournament wins than the combined totals of all her competitors, and nearly three times the titles
won by the second-ranked player
• The world’s top-ranked player for the last six years, 11 of the past 12 years in the WPBA, and for the
preceding 10 years while residing in England.
• The only person to win the National Championship eight times
• The only person to win the Tournament of Champions five times
• The only person to win the World Championship four times
• The only person to win the U.S. Open Championship four times (Allison is currently the reigning U.S.
Open Champion and has retained that title for three consecutive years)
• More “Player of Year” titles than any other sports star, extending her POY streak to six straight years, and
11 of the past 12 years.
A brief comparison
|Allison Fisher||Tiger Woods||Roger Federer|
|Years Ranked #1||22||9||4|
SOURCES: WPBA, PGA, ATP, AND ONLINE SPORTS PUBLICATIONS
A regular on cable network ESPN, Allison is one of the most recognized athletes on sports television.
Recently, a fan asked Allison about her longevity in the sport. She replied, “Billiards, like all sports, requires extensive technical knowledge combined with acute physical and emotional discipline. Nolan Ryan played major league baseball for 27 years. I hope to top his record. Right now, I’m playing my best pool ever, and I plan to compete as long as I’m performing this well.”
Allison has transformed the way billiards is played, viewed, and enjoyed. She believes her approach to training, called “body-centered practice,” can be applied to other sports such as golf and tennis.
Most important, Allison feels strongly that sports personalities should be held accountable for their life decisions and set good examples for children. She puts it this way: “If you give nothing back, who are you?”