EIGHT ball ace Alex Kingsbury has overcome his disappointment at missing selection to the WA Under-15 team in the best way possible – by claiming a spot in the under-18 side travelling to England for the Junior Pool World Championships later this month.
Alex was the only 15-year-old to qualify for the six-person team that will defend its title between June 16 and 30.
“I actually had one more year in the Under-15s but I didn’t make the WA team, so I decided to try out for the Under-18s,” he said.
“I was playing against a lot of 16- and 17-year-olds so I feel pretty proud to have made it into the team.
“The team that went last year and won the worlds, five of those six were trying to make it again this year and I’ve taken one of their spots.”
The Kardinya resident was introduced to pool through his father and has played competitively for the past five years.
“It has taken a lot of practice to get to a high level but I did have a bit of a head start from watching Dad play and learning off of him,” Alex said.
“I enjoy eight-ball because it is a smart person’s game, you have to play certain shots in certain areas.
“I like thinking about different situations that I can put myself in to try and win the frame.
“You definitely have to think a few shots ahead and also think about what your opponent wants to do, so you can play shots that prevent them from getting an advantage.”
In the lead up to the World Championships, Alex is receiving invaluable tutelage from Australian pool legend and WA Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Lister.
“There is still a lot for me to learn and Sonny has taught me a few shots that I never would of though of, and different ways of playing shots too,” Alex said.
“He’s a very smart player and plays high-quality pool so it’s great being coached by him.”
In an attempt to raise money for his travel expenses, Alex is staking $100 on games of pool against adults across Perth – with Pot Black Cannington coming to his aid to cover the money if he loses.