Before becoming billiards world champ, Rubilen Amit tried her luck in basketball

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2020 10:32 PM

Two-time world 10-ball women's champion Rubilen Amit said that, like any Filipino, she is a big basketball fan.

In fact, she even joined a basketball tryout when she was still studying at University of Santo Tomas.

"'Pag nakikita kong nafi-feature ang mga athletes sa UST sa Varsitarian (the university's official organ) sabi ko, 'Gusto ko rin n'yan.' Parang ang sarap, tapos may jacket . . . Sobrang pangarap ko 'yun. Ang astig ng dating na may jacket ng UST," said Amit in an online interview together with other top Filipina athletes including weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, track-and-field legend, Elma Muros, and boxer Nesty Petecio.

Amit said she decided to sign up for a tryout under UST women's coach Heidi Ong.
 
"From someone na walang background ng physical activity, grabe 'yung mga drills. 'Yung tuhod ko 'di na kinaya, lumuluhod sa sarili ng kusa," said Amit.

"Tapos sabi ni coach rest na kami from the drills, ang pinaka-rest namin talon-talon. 'Hindi naman rest 'to,' sabi ko. Scrimmage naman tapos rest ulit, papunta ako sa tubig. Pinagalitan ako, pinag-sit-ups ako. Sabi, ko 'Huh? Ito ba ang rest sa basketball? 'Yung rest sa basketball may pahirap?'

Amit said she was in so much pain that the next day, she struggled walking up to the fourth floor of her building.

"Sabi ni coach sa'kin, 'Balik ka bukas, ha?' Sabi ko, 'Hindi na. One time big time na lang 'to'," Amit said.

And so basketball's loss became billiard's gain.

As a pool player, Amit has won 7 gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games, besides her success in world 10-ball.

"Siguro ito talaga 'yung path ni God for me," she said.

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