SEA Games: Duchess of Doom could be Singapore's queenmaker

SEA Games: Duchess of Doom could be Singapore's queenmaker
ACE ALLISON: Englishwoman Allison Fisher sees the national women’s coach’s job as a dream.

She has 15 world titles to her name - 11 in snooker and four in pool - and was the 2009 World Games women's singles nine-ball champion.

In the competitive cuesport world, the name Allison Fisher strikes so much fear that she has been nicknamed the Duchess of Doom.

But the 47-year-old Englishwoman, still challenging for championships on the US circuit, could well be a queenmaker if she develops Charlene Chai or Jessica Tan into Singapore's first female cuesports SEA Games gold medallist.

Fisher's stint will be up after the end of next month, but she hopes to stay beyond the SEA Games.

She told The New Paper: "This job has given me a chance to see what I can do as a national coach. It's an instructor's dream because not many of us can end up being a national coach and train with athletes daily.

"It definitely helps that Singapore is a beautiful country and English is the main language. I would love to keep coming back.

"I like the culture and the people and there is a certain camaraderie after working with people who have been receptive.

"I bring a wealth of experience, having been through the entire process of growing up as a promising talent, working my way up to win 15 world titles in snooker and pool, as well as the 2009 World Games women's singles nine-ball gold.

"The mental aspect of it is very important as well. It is something that has been with me since I was a little girl making my first 20-break and then going on to make my first century when I was 16.

"The standard of cuesports here needs to go up. There are definitely talents and potential out there, especially as pool has been getting bigger here over the last few years.

RIGHT STEPS

"Cuesports Singapore is making the right steps as we need to grow the sport here. We need role models such as Aloysius Yapp who have won at world level.

"We need to take them to colleges and get the ball rolling, create stars and get young people inspired."

Cuesports Singapore has also engaged former world pool trick-shot champion Ralph Eckert, and will bring in 1990 world billiards champion Manoj Kothari in the build-up to the Games.

They also have former snooker professional Stefan Mazrocis in their stable of coaches.

Cuesports Singapore president Christopher Chuah hopes the likes of Fisher can stay on beyond the SEA Games to develop the next generation of players.

He said: "This is where we also hope to have more financial support from Sport Singapore, so we can continue to have world-class coaches to raise the standard of our sport."


This article was first published on May 3, 2015.
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