Richard Hewitt talks sport with Joel Walker

Joel Walker
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Joel Walker, aged 18, is an up-and-coming Sheffield snooker player.

What have you been doing today?

Not much. Just been relaxing and watching some TV before I head off to practice later.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I’d have to say Ronnie O’Sullivan, for everything he’s done in the game and the way he plays.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Tiger Woods for the way he went about things on the golf course and everything he has achieved. He was just the best at what he did.

What’s your favourite other sport and why?

I’d have to say it’s football to watch, but golf to play. I’m playing off a 15 handicap at the moment.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Ronnie O’Sullivan. We keep in touch and it’s nice to have a chat every now and again.

When was the last time you cried?

I can’t really remember but I’m guessing it was probably a couple of years ago after I’d lost at something!

Who or what are you most proud of?

Getting onto the Main Tour. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was five or six and I practice nearly every day so I’d have to say that.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Ronnie told me that if I can relax and not think too much about my game, I’ll succeed. He says I’m good enough so if I just relax and enjoy it, it will come.

When did you know you were good at what you wanted to do?

When I was 10 and I entered my second national tournament. I got to the final, so thought I must be alright!

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My watch, so I should never be late!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Probably in the press conference after I won the Rileys Future Star of Snooker Award. There were about 50 journalists there and Ronnie presented the award. And it was it was in The Crucible. That was nerve-wracking.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

No, I’ve never doubted my ability.

What is your view on social network sites like Twitter and Facebook?

I’ve got them, but I don’t spend a lot of time on them to be honest. I’d rather be out there doing something more fun.

How do you relax away from your sport?

I like to play golf or watch Sheffield Wednesday.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I’ve not been abroad for a while but I went to Cornwall last year and that was pretty good so yes, I think I’d go again.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I can’t cook. My dad tends to do it. He does a great Sunday dinner.

What was the last book you read?

I don’t tend to read a great deal but the last one was Pele’s autobiography, it wasn’t bad.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?I

I have absolutely no idea what I’d be doing if I wasn’t playing snooker!

What is your favourite TV Programme?

I’d have to say Band of Brothers. It really is excellent, a class programme.

Tell our readers in your own words, why do you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

It’s my first year on the Main Tour and I’ve been tipped as a future world champion by Ronnie O’Sullivan!