PATOO GAMECHANGERS | SIMON TOMLINSON
Name: Simon Tomlinson
Instagram Handle: @simeytomo
Profession: Table Tennis Player
Now Lives: Koping, Sweden
Simon Tomlinson takes no prisoners in his rise to table tennis stardom. He recently signed with Stiga Table Tennis, one of the leading table tennis brands in the world. And now has his sights set on the Jamaican national team for the upcoming Olympics in Rio.
Three words to describe your style?
Loyal, Fun, Persistent
Your personality type is?
Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging, according to the personality quiz I just did (and I agreed completely lol).
Your greatest skill is?
My work ethic.
How do you work?
I work best alone and under pressure.
If you could speak any foreign language fluently enough to write poetry in, which language would it be?
I would choose Spanish or Italian.
What’s integral to the work of an athlete?
Being able to focus on your goals and finding the best way to achieving them without distractions.
What role does sports have in society?
I believe sports is the best way to foster friendship/camaraderie if the proper methods are used.
What's your hidden talent?
I'm secretly the best Lip Sync artist the world has ever seen.
Who is the last person you texted?
My mother and sister. We have our own whatsapp group because we’re kool like that HAHA!
The person you admire most?
I admire too many people to name just one. My family of course, athletes like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Muhammed Ali, even fictional characters like Goku, Naruto and Batman inspire me lol.
If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
To believe more in my own abilities and not be held back by fear or anger.
Your favorite type of artwork?
I'm not a big art person but my grandmother paints and I’d love to have one of her pieces.
What’s your favorite app – facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter, snapchat or periscope?
SNAPCHAT then Instagram.
Should sports be funded?
Of course, especially for the younger athletes.
Favorite hotel in the world?
The Ritz Carlton, I’ve been in love with it from I was a child
Favorite Jamaican landmark?
I don’t have a favorite landmark but I love the clearing at the top of Mountain Spring, it’s a good place to think for me.
What’s your favorite curse word?
I don’t curse (much, if at all) but I tend to say “Sweet baby Jesus” a lot (you can thank “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” for that one).
The things you most value?
My family, friends and plantain.
The most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
That holding on to things that make you angry or unhappy is like poisoning yourself. It’s best to just let it go.
If you had to live in any other Caribbean island other than where you’re from, which would it be?
The Dominican Republic.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to read minds!