Although she never intended to be on a pool league, Laura Chabarria of Boise, Idaho, has more than embraced it! The word “league” scared her at first, as she thought that meant you had to be a good poolplayer.

“After a couple weeks of watching APA League play, I realized, hey, you don’t have to be a pool shark to play!” Laura said. “It didn’t take long to fall in love with the game. I never in my life would have imagined that I would be playing pool. I love the fact that I’m able to really see myself improve.”

Since she decided to give the League a chance in 2012, Laura has earned over 194 matches and counting! She plays 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Ladies, Doubles and competes in nearly every tournament the South Idaho APA conducts. Laura has worked herself up to a skill level 4 in both 8-Ball and 9-Ball.

In addition to the fact that she really enjoys the game and competition, Laura loves the fact that she’s made so many friendships in the APA. She says she’s met a lot of amazing people and that the APA is a part of her life now she doesn’t see going anywhere anytime soon! During the day, Laura is a licensed practical nurse who loves her Siberian Husky.

“As a League Operator I could not ask for a better player to be a part of a brand new League,” said South Idaho APA League Operator Steve Morton. “She is selfless in her desire to help new players and to promote the APA among those she comes in contact with. I’m so amazed at and appreciative of everything that Laura does for South Idaho APA that I gave her a special trophy that is inscribed ‘Fastest to 75 Matches’!”

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