Kyle Jimenez on Gold Coast 2018
With Birmingham 2022 just around the corner, we caught up with Kyle Jimenez on his experience at Gold Coast 2018 and to get his thoughts on the new 3×3 format that will debut at the Games later this week.
Kyle and his teammates, as well as the Women’s running and wheelchair teams, will be in action down in Birmingham from 29th of July. Follow basketballscotland’s socials to keep up with all of the action!
How did it feel representing your country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where it was only the second time that basketball has ever featured?
It was an incredible feeling being able to represent my country at such a global competition. Definitely my most proud moment.
What was the team chemistry like within the squad?
The chemistry was great, there was a bunch of us who played for the Glasgow Rocks at the time and everyone knew of each other. It was a great group of guys.
Can you recall what emotions you felt when you found out you had been selected?
Mainly just joy really. Being selected as a teenager to represent my country at the Commonwealth Games was a huge achievement.
What was the atmosphere like in the Athletes’ Village in Gold Coast?
The athletes village was incredible. Being around so many elite world-class athletes and was one of the most enjoyable experiences.
What were the celebrations like after you beat England?
It was a special moment, one that I’ll never forget. I don’t think anyone outside of our group believed we could do it. We just adopted an underdog mentality and played hard.
What are some of your fondest memories from that tournament?
There was loads of incredible memories. Beating England of course, the experience of playing a team such as Australia, getting to travel around Australia and just generally being around the guys on and off the court.
How did it feel to reunite with some of the boys from Gold Coast at the 2022 Commonwealth Qualifiers and did the team chemistry pick up where it left off?
It was great reuniting with Gareth, Jonny and Fraser, we all keep in touch throughout the year. Whenever I’m home I go through to Glasgow and train with them, so it was pretty easy to maintain our chemistry.
You are set to appear at your second Games this summer where 3×3 basketball will make its debut.
a) How do you feel about the new format?
The new format is different. It is very fast paced. Although it’s actually very fun, and I think we all enjoyed it a lot more than we thought we would.
b) How does it feel to be representing your country for a second time at a Commonwealth Games?
I’m just as happy and proud to be representing my country at a second Commonwealth Games, especially still being as young as I am, it will be another great experience.