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How Rubilen Amit sunk sexism and self-doubt to be the first Pinay world pool champ

 Men used to consider playing against her a “bonus round,” but it was thanks to their jeering that Rubilen Amit pursued billiards to become a world champion.

At the height of billiards' popularity, the sport was largely dominated by men. Because of this, Amit faced male opponents more often than not.

Rubilen Amit showing off her medal from the SEA games. Photo: Jessica Bartolome
“Remembering back when I was younger… When I started out, it really was a man’s sport. To the point na sometimes, people would call it a vice,” Amit told GMA News Online.

She was 12 when she properly learned to use a cue stick. Playing pool started out as a bonding activity with her father.

Soon she was leaving her home in Cebu to compete in amateur tournaments in Manila, and that’s when she realized she had a long way ahead of her

“When I competed dito sa Manila ng mga amateur tournaments, since konti lang kami na women players, like one or two lang out of...a hundred players, I’d always be playing against a male opponent,” Amit recalled.

Full Article: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/sports/content/625845/how-rubilen-amit-sunk-sexism-and-self-doubt-to-be-the-first-pinay-world-pool-champ/story/

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