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Interview with Alena Doleželová (WMF Youth Re-Post)


Czech Republic 23 Mar 2018 at 13:02 | Published by: PatPenguin | Views: 3666 | News search

Interview with Alena Doleželová (WMF Youth Re-Post)
Alena Doleželová  (Photo by WMF Youth FB Page)

In part 4 our series of re-posts of the youth interviews from the WMF Youth Facebook page, we have an interview with Alena Doleželová from the Czech Republic, a silver medalist at the YEC in Askim. In case you missed the third in the series, you can catch it here. The following interview can also be found here.

Club: 1. DGC Bystřice pod Hostýnem
Birth year: 1999

Q1: How and when did you start to play Minigolf?

AD: My minigolf story began when I was around 4 years old. My parents had played minigolf before (they actually met each other because of it) so they took me with them while going on tournaments, because they did not want to leave me at granny’s all that time. That is probably it. Today, I am glad that they kept bringing me with them.

Q2: What club do you use when you play and what is your favourite ball?

AD: First two or three years of my minigolf career I had been using some no name club, but then my parents bought me a NIFO by Ryner and I am still using it today. As I am a small person I had to have it cut, so it is about 10 centimetres shorter than a normal one. I guess that I do not have a favourite ball, because my preferences are just changing by time.

Q3: What surface do you prefer the most? Follow-up question: Do you have a personal best (PB) that you are particularly proud of?

AD: In Czech Republic, we do have many miniature courses and only a few felt and concrete. So, I am playing like only twice a year on a different surface than miniature. Which means that I am always looking forward to play on felt or concrete. But I have to admit that I am not that good on those two surfaces, as I am not playing on them really often. To sum it all up, I would say that I do still prefer miniature, because I am familiar with it. I am able to have better results there, but felt and concrete are more fun to play.

Q4: Have you ever had a role model you looked up to during your early years? Maybe this person still is an inspiration for you today?

AD: Yes, I would say it was my Mom, because she and my Dad learnt me how to play. I guess it is understandable. My dad was more into the administration of our club and Mom was (and still is) one of the best women in Czech Republic. I still do have a lot to learn, just check the results from European Cup in Algundo. Incredible.

Q5: What is your biggest merit within Minigolf? (Doesn’t need to be related to competition)

AD: As I mentioned European Cup while answering the last question, I would probably continue and develop my answer. Well, I won some medals in individual category in the past and I am really really grateful for each and every one of them. But what means even more for me are those medals from team competitions. To be honest, I am so sad that Czech Republic do not have enough girls to make up a team. For the last few years I had to play alone on Youth Championships. Therefore, big thanks to the boys and coaches who made me feel like I was a part of a team. They were and are awesome. But what I wanted to say, that the merit, which I appreciate the most is our team golden medal from last year’s European Cup in Italy. I cannot explain it in words. Thanks to the whole team, it was just great and I am already looking forward to our next European Cup together. And also other tournaments, of course.

Q6: What is your best/strongest memory from your years being a youth player?

AD: That’s a good question and a hard one. It is hard to choose only one memory, because I have many many beautiful memories from minigolf. I am incredibly grateful that I was allowed to be a part of our Youth and also Adult national team for last few years. I already mentioned one of my strongest memories in my last answer, but if we are talking about Youth Championships, I would say that the strongest moment came in Ostrava in 2015. It was not only about me, of course, it never is. It was about the team spirit, atmosphere, ambiance, emotions, passion and also about hard training. That was simply amazing. Under one of the best coaches in Czech Republic (Milan Lipmann), Czech players reached three golden medals – in boys’ team competition and in both individual boys and girls. One of the greatest achievements in the history of Czech Youth minigolf. We made a great success there, both individual and as a team. It was great. As I mentioned earlier, I really have a lot amazing memories connected with minigolf and I am really thankful for them all.

Last Question: What is it about Minigolf that makes it so special?

AD: Also, a good question. I would say that my answer came partly in previous answer. Many people are asking me these questions like ‘Do you still play minigolf? Isn’t it boring? What is so special about it, only hitting a ball with a club?’ Well, in my opinion, ‘non-minigolfers’ are not able to understand what is so special about minigolf properly. It is hard to explain. They have to try it and give it a chance. As I am playing minigolf for nearly 15 years and have been through many up and downs, I can’t imagine my life without it. It was, it is, a great part of my life. My teammates are just like a part of my family. Thanks to minigolf I have met a lot of friends, visited many countries, by the time improved my performance and also my English. Minigolf offers also a psychological growth, it is not just fun, ‘only hitting a ball with a club’, it is somehow developing your personality, as every sport does. Minigolf is a sport, a great sport, and it is a sport available for everyone. That is what I like about it. Many thanks for this opportunity to share my minigolfstory with the rest of the world.



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Czech Republic 19 Mar 2018 at 13:39 | views: 4153 | Comments: 0

In part 3 our series of re-posts of the youth interviews from the WMF Youth Facebook page, we have an interview with Ondřej Škaloud from the Czech Republic. He was a double silver medalist in the 2017 World Championships and knows how to bring emotion to ...
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Poland 15 Mar 2018 at 14:03 | views: 4392 | Comments: 0

Today we are taking a look at a bit of the landscape of minigolf sport in Poland. If you missed it, at the Liepaja Open at the end of February, Robert Politowski broke the Polish record on miniaturegolf by shooting a 20. You can find the original post on the ...
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Continuing our re-post of the youth interviews from the WMF Youth Facebook page, we have an interview with Sarah Schumacher out of Germany. She was a winner on the female side in last year's stroke-play at the YEC. In case you missed the first in the series ...
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Sweden 09 Mar 2018 at 13:49 | views: 4846 | Comments: 0

If you haven't seen it yet, the World Minigolf Sport Federation has launched a new Youth Facebook page that will focus on sharing the accomplishments of the many talented youth around the world that play miniature golf. We encourage everyone that is a fan of this ...
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