When he was once more youthful, Singapore cue grasp Peter Gilchrist received for private success and pleasure.
The day before today, after clinching his 6th directly SEA Video games identify in English billiards on the Manila Resort, the 51-year-old printed that he has an added motivation at the moment – his daughter Ysabel.
“I am nonetheless excited to play, however I do it for various causes now,” Gilchrist advised The New Paper in a telephone interview, after defeating Myanmar’s Nay Thway Oo 3-Zero within the best-of-five, 100-up ultimate.
“I play for my daughter now. I’ve a six-year-old at house and she or he loves it after I deliver house medals.
“After I see her extremely joyful with my medals, it assists in keeping me going, the will to win.”
That starvation additionally fuelled Gilchrist’s 6th International Billiards Championship identify in October.
He might make successful glance simple, however he was once fast so as to add that not anything comes simple.
Mentioned the Spex student: “I teach tougher than any one else.
“Other people suppose I are available and play how I do identical to that, however they do not put within the paintings like I do. I am lucky that Singapore helps me and lets in me to coach always.
“I teach six to seven hours an afternoon, and paintings much more on my in-off play. I paintings on all facets of my recreation.”
His effort has helped him reign best within the area since 2009, even if the SEA Video games’ shorter structure poses a more difficult problem than the 1,000-up structure on the International Championships.
Gilchrist admitted that sooner than going to Manila, he did really feel some force because the protecting SEA Video games champion and reigning global champion, particularly with the omission of the doubles tournament this yr.
He mentioned: “Prior to now we had doubles, however right here in Manila, it is do-or-die.
“I could not find the money for to lose, even with the shorter structure and robust competition. I had one tournament and one shot to win gold.”
The billiards veteran’s quest for perfection was once hampered through Indonesia’s Marlando Sihombing within the quarter-finals, and Thailand’s Yuttapop Pakpoj within the semi-finals, as each video games completed 3-1.
“I might say successful is a addiction. I am a little bit of a perfectionist, so it might had been nice to have a flawless efficiency,” mentioned Gilchrist, who didn’t drop a unmarried body in his gold-medal run two years in the past in Kuala Lumpur.
“I discover ways to stay going after I make mistakes, and now not let it have an effect on me. From time to time being a perfectionist might be unfavourable, so I stay it in test.
“The Thai lad performed an implausible recreation; he wasn’t intimidated through me in any respect. He held his flooring and led to me to drop a body.”
Whilst Yuttapop made Gilchrist paintings, Myanmar’s Nay, the Asian champion, was once his hardest opponent.
“However when I received the primary body, I become extra assured,” mentioned Gilchrist. “The primary body is an important.”
Regardless of his accomplishments, Gilchrist remains to be hungry for extra.
“I am taking a look to shield my global identify. I have retained my SEA Video games golds, however by no means the International Championship,” he mentioned.
“I have nonetheless were given a couple of years left in me, so I will benefit from it whilst it lasts.”
Ysabel will assist in making positive of that.
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