Alex The Lion PagulayanAlex Pagulayan picked up his first pool cue when he was 10, barely taller than the stick itself. After winning the World Championship in August, though, The Lion is larger than life.The pint-sized Filipino Canadian, who turned 26 in 2004, captured the championship having finished runner-up last year, and now, he says, the weight is lifted off his shoulders. It feels really good to be number o­ne. Although he’s o­n top of the world in the sport, his mind is with his family. His daughter, now five months old, is staying with her mother, Phoebe Choy, while Pagulayan competes o­n the road.The road for Pagulayan began in the Philippines where he was born and raised until age 15, when his family moved to Canada. His father ran a pool hall, so his exposure to the game was early and often. He also liked other sports, but he says his stature just wasn’t right. I like a lot of sports, but with pool, you don’t have to be physically tough.

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