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Ms. Ewa Mataya Laurance

Professional Player Representative and Spokesperson

Women's Professional Billiards Association

HQ Phone: (602) 441-2447

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Women's Professional Billiards Association

3337 W. Peoria Ave.

Phoenix, Arizona 85029

United States

Company Description

The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women's Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Color Commentator

ESPN Inc

Owner

Coastal Carolina University

Performer

OEConnection LLC

Affiliations

President
The Striking Viking

Member
Billiard Education Foundation

Board of Trustees
Make-A-Wish Canada

Brunswick's Representative
Jennifer Chen-player

Brunswick's Representative
foosball.com

Board of Directors, Center for Women
Charleston

Education

Coastal Carolina University

Claims WPBA Masters

Web References (198 Total References)


History of WPBA - Women's Professional Billiard Association

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Ewa Mataya Laurance served as president in 1996 and '97, Aileen Pippin took the post in 1998, and Dawn Hopkins finished out the 20th century as 1999 president.


Brunswick Billards and Ewa Mataya Laurance, Trickshot Billiards Artist

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Brunswick Billiards and Ewa Mataya Laurance - A Winning Combination

Brunswick Billiards and Ewa Mataya Laurance have inked a deal to continue their long standing relationship that began in 1988. Brunswick will sponsor Laurance on the WPBA Tour and she will continue to be their professional player representative and spokesperson.
"Our long standing relationship with Ewa has been a wonderful experience for Brunswick. Ewa is one of the finest people and players in the sport of billiards and we are thrilled to have her represent Brunswick," said Brunswick Billiards President Sean Cummings.
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Laurance is one of the most well-known and recognizable stars in the history of pocket billiards. She has won every major title the sport has to offer, including multiple World Titles, US Open titles and National Championships, and is a member the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. In addition, she has also become widely recognized as one of the great international ambassadors for the sport, promoting pocket billiards worldwide.


Read More About Ewa Mataya Laurance | Striking Viking | Professional Pool Player

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Ewa Mataya Laurance, The Striking Viking, Professional Pool Player

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Ewa Mataya Laurance has fashioned one of the great careers in the history of pocket billiards. The first truly international superstar in the sport, The Striking Viking brought media attention and focus to the game in a way no one before ever had, and continues to this day to embody the best competitive and entertainment aspects of the sport she loves.
Ewa started playing pocket billiards in her native town of Gavle, Sweden at the age of 14, after following her older brother Mats into the local billiard room. She fell instantly in love with the game and practiced six to ten hours per day, doing her school homework between shots. Excelling at a rapid pace, Ewa went on to compete in her first major tournament that same year, where she finished in fourth place. The following year she captured her first Swedish 9-ball title, and two years later, after having qualified to play in the European Championship by winning the Swedish 14.1 Championship, she was crowned European Champion in Bern, Switzerland. As a result Ewa was asked to represent Europe at the World Championships in New York City.
With a dream of becoming a professional pool player, the 17-year old made the decision to stay and make the United States her home. Since then, she has not only been successfully competing on the Women's Professional Tour, with consecutive years as the #1-ranked player in the world, but has also become widely recognized as one of the great international ambassadors for the sport, promoting pocket billiards worldwide.
Ewa's 1992 appearance in a cover article in the New York Times Magazine brought an onslaught of media attention that catapulted her, along with women's billiards in general, into the national spotlight. Over the years, she has also been prominently featured in a number of other national magazines, such as People Magazine, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Golf for Women, Cigar Aficionado, and Glamour Magazine. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, The Best Damned Sports Show Period, A Current Affair, Fox and Friends, Cold Pizza and Dennis Miller, and has starred in national commercials for Brunswick Billiards and "No Nonsense Pantyhose."
Ewa is a two time Player- of- the- Year, a recipient of the "WPBA Sportsperson of the Year Award," "The WPBA PR Award" and the "Billiard and Bowling Institute of America Industry Service Award. She was instrumental in launching the WPBA Classic Tour, and has spent numerous terms as a member of the Women's Professional Billiard Association Board of Directors, including three terms as President, working to organize and promote women's pocket billiards. Ewa writes a monthly column for "Pool and Billiard Magazine," and is the author of three of the sport's most popular books, "The Ewa Mataya Pool Guide," "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pool and Billiards," and most recently, "Quick-Start Guide to Pocket Billiards."
When not playing, Ewa is the Color Commentator for ESPN Championship Billiards and recently hosted GSN's billiards game show "BallBreakers. She has been sponsored on Tour by legendary Brunswick Billiards since 1988, and continues to be their Professional Player Representative and Spokesperson.
Besides playing on the WPBA 9-Ball Tour, Ewa is the current International Trick Shot Champion, a member of the championship World Cup of Trick Shots team, and is known as the world's premier female trick shot artist. She spends a great deal of the year performing trick shot exhibitions across the U.S. and around the world. An avid golfer, Ewa can also be seen at numerous celebrity golf charity events around the country.
Ewa currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC with her husband Mitch, daughter Nikki and their menagerie of dogs, cats and horses.


Ewa Racks Up Funds for Disabled Veterans

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Ewa Laurance, a member of the Billiard Congress and Women's Professional Billiards Association halls of fame, appeared at the Nashua pool hall and dazzled with her trick shots - including the Evel Knievel and the Railroad Shot - and took on all comers to raise money for the New England Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

World billiard trick shot champion Ewa Mataya Laurance was at


Ewa Laurance inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame

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The Striking Viking, Ewa Mataya Laurance to be inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame!

The Women's Professional Billiard Association has announced it will induct Ewa Mataya Laurance in the "Greatest Player" category at its annual award banquet taking place November 12, 2 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Ewa Mataya Laurance is one of the most visible superstars in the history of pocket billiards. Known as The Striking Viking, she took the billiard world by storm when she moved to the US from her native Sweden at age 17. Ewa is the reigning International and World Cup Trick Shot Champion, holds multiple World and US Open 9-ball titles, has won the Swedish, European and WPBA National Championships and is a two-time Player of the Year.
Former # 1 ranked player in the world, Ewa has been named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year, BBIA Industry Service Award inductee, and in 2004 was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Ewa made an historic appearance on the cover of the New York Times Magazine and has been featured in numerous national publications, including People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Glamour, Golf for Women and Cigar Aficionado. Ewa is also a frequent guest on television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Early Show, Current Affair, LIVE with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight and The Best Damned Sports Show, Period.
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When not competing, Ewa serves as an ESPN Color Commentator. She also co-hosted GSN's popular game show, "Ball Breakers."
Ewa serves on the Board of Trustees of the Billiard Education Foundation and the South Carolina chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is a columnist for Pool & Billiard Magazine. She is a frequent participant at various celebrity golf tournaments around the country. On tour, Ewa is sponsored by Brunswick Billiards.

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