Name: Tomi Lindholm
Years played: 5
Years in Cyclone: 4
Former teams: Voodoo Legacy
Current Status: Active player
What is or has been your goal in paintball?
When I started playing in D2 in 2007 I didn’t really have any goals, after the first tournament I played I thought that this is pretty cool and I could play paintball more often. In 2007 I guess my goal was to learn to play the game well enough to make a difference on the field. Next year our team had a clear goal and that was to win D2, after all we had been practicing quite a lot for a D2 team. So in 2008 we actually did win D2 and we were moving to D1 for season 2009 that was when I thought that I might actually someday have a chance to win a Finnish championship. So today my goal is to win a Finnish championship.
During the few years I have played I have also been able to play in Millennium series and from there comes my second goal which is to win a tournament or two.
Where do you see your self in next 5 years in paintball?
Still playing and hanging around.
Who has tought you the most in paintball?
Raffe and Joel. They were coaching and teaching us to play back in the Voodoo Legacy days from D2 to D1. During the last couple years I have been mostly learning from Raffe and Domi and other members of our team. I have also watched “educational” videos like One With The Gun and videos of pro games like Millennium CPL and PSP and tried to incorporate some of the things I have seen in to my own game.
Mention top 3 things in paintball?
Friends, travelling and meeting cool people in Finland and abroad.
Tell us about your best moment in paintball, on or off the field?
I’d have to say my best or memorable moment so far is winning D2 in 2008. Back then it felt amazing, having only played for 2 years I couldn’t believe we actually managed to win the whole series even though we had set that as a goal. The feeling when you realized after the last game that you just won the series was awesome.
Then there is of course first Millennium event in 2009. Just the size of the venue and event made a big impression.
Name 1 player you would love to play 1 on 1 against if you were last 2 guys on the field?
You came from the Voodoo Legacy, how hard was it to train your self from d3 to one of the best players in team in only few years?
It did require a lot of work and effort but then again I also have had great coaches and teachers. If you get to play in every practice against better players than yourself you will learn pretty quickly too and if you also listen what they have to say it makes it a bit easier. Getting feedback on your weaknesses and then concentrating to improve those will eventually make you a strong player.
Did you have to sacrifice alot for it? And was it worth it?
I don’t think I have sacrificed anything important, just a lot of money :). So far I have no regrets, playing paintball has improved my life in many ways.