A friend/teammate of mine is pushing to become a well known and respected tournament paintball player. He already has accumulated numerous 1st place finishes and is preparing to step up his game for the 2014 season. I sat down with him and picked his brain on a few things. Here is what he had to say:
Let’s start with who you are and where you are from.
D – My name is Daniel A. Diaz-Queirolo and I am 16 and I’m from Houston, Texas.
Where did you play your first game of paintball Daniel?
D – I first played paintball at Predator Paintball Park in Helotes, Texas when I was 10 years old.
What pushed you to play tournament paintball?
D – Watching all the pros playing paintball and just seeing the intensity of the game really made we want to step on the field and give it a go. Ever since then I’ve been hooked and am motivated to become better at it.
Right on man. Now you are currently roster-ed on an up and coming divisional team, SA Notorious. Recently you guys managed to take first place at the South Central Paintball League’s GI Challenge. How did you guys manage to make that happen?
D – The key to winning that SCPA event was just to change the game plan as well as change where our shots needed to be off the break. Mainly wherever the opposing team was hitting the most.
Everyone is motivated my something, no matter what they do. Tell me, what motivates you to play good ball? Professional Player, celebrities, etc.
D – I look up to a lot of professional paintballers for motivation, occasionally looking at their bios on team pages and reading what they do to get better in the sport. There isn’t really anyone in particular.
Right on. So what does your schedule look like for 2014 tournament wise?
D – In this 2014 season I will be playing the Mardi Gras Cup in Louisiana coming up next month as well as American Extreme Paintball League (AXBL), Central Texas Paintball League (CTPL), PSP Dallas and World Cup and possibly some American Paintball League.
To end, what are you looking forward to the most during the 2014 season?
D – The only thing I’m really looking forward to is getting better and playing the biggest event in paintball, the PSP World Cup!
Check back for more interviews as the 2014 season progresses.