Well hello there again! I’m really getting into the stages of list making and stuff gathering ready for the trip. Making lists is one of my favourite things to do, so I’m in a very happy place right now!
I’m even happier because this week I had the great pleasure of speaking with Derice Shumilov Susoho, from Sweden, winner of the 2016 WAGM. Let’s find out what he had to say…
What got you playing minigolf initially?
I started playing minigolf by coincidence. I was on my way to my athletic practice and a man named Hans came up to me and asked if I wanted to try some minigolf. I gave it a try and aced my first shot and from that moment I have been playing minigolf!
It’s a fun memory that I often think about. That first stroke that gave me so much joy and memories the years to come.
How have you been training for the tournament?
I have been practising in my hometown and played some competitions. Nothing unusual, just to have quality time at the course and make the best of the time.
What are your personal goals for the tournament?
My goal for the tournament is to have a team medal, that would be fun. It would be even more fun if it was a gold one. For myself I want to play with focus and do my best. To not let things affect me and keep my mind on the game.
What have been you biggest achievements in minigolf?
I guess my biggest achievements are from last year’s WAGM. That was the first time I won a world championship in team and in individual stroke play. It really was a great feeling and still is.
Have you ever been given a coaching tip that really improved your game? If so what was it?
I guess everything that my coach Hans told me when I started playing. He taught me the basics and that has been what made me the player I am today.
What are you looking forward to the most?
To meet new and old minigolf players to make connections with. To build up my minigolf family and make new friends.
Would you like to share a non minigolfing fun fact about yourself?
I guess one fun fact would be that I dance samba. I have been dancing for quite a while and could not be without it. There is of course much more to me than the dancing but I will save that for my future conversations!
Apart from yourself – Who do you think will be the competitors to watch?
I actually don’t have an idea of other players than the Swedish ones whom will be competing in WAGM 2017. I would like that to be a surprise for the competition.
Tell us a little bit about what you do when you’re not playing Minigolf
I’m a student and studying to become a preschool teacher. I’m really looking forward for my teachers license and to start working.
Photo credit – Pasi Aho
So another week closer, I still have a couple more interviews in the pipeline, and don’t forget myself, Simon and Alberto will be looking to interview lots of you whilst in Croatia!
Have a good week and see you soon!