We all knew the Haggarty / Logan stranglehold on the DAC Club Champion title couldn’t last forever. What we didn’t know was that it would end so soon. Barely a month into his membership and this guy has already etched his name into immortality. Now the question begs is who can challenge him? We have a number of contenders, but can they catch this baby-faced 28 year-old…?
When I was 12 my main sport was soccer, during that year I developed a very severe allergy to grass so I had to stop playing soccer. In order to get better and be able to play any sport, my physician recommended starting swimming to increase my lung capacity so that the allergy attacks would not be that severe. I started swimming almost every day for a long period of time in a club near my house that also had squash courts. One day my uncle, that played squash in that club, invited me to play. He gave me a wooden squash racquet as a present and that was my first squash match. By coincidence, this club that I enrolled to swim was the best squash club in the country. I had the chance to grow up playing with the best players of the country and had very good coaches and people to play with.
TSJ: How is squash set-up in Ecuador (or Quito)? Are there leagues? Tournaments? Junior and school development programs? What was your participation?
TSJ: What are your favorite things to do in your time off (except playing squash)?
TSJ: What was the last gift you received that you genuinely disliked? What did you do with it?
I cannot recall any gift that I have really disliked, but if I will get one, I will save it and give it to somebody that I think would like it or find it useful.
TSJ: Dr. Buitrón. What do think this rash is that I have on my… oh hang on, this isn’t the place for that… What is your area of specialty? Where do you see yourself professionally in 10 years?
I am doing my residency in Internal Medicine. I want to continue my training applying to Cardiology fellowship and hopefully in 10 years I will be able to go back home and use all what I have learned here to help people in my country.
TSJ: Even though you have only been a member since March, what has your DAC experience been like so far?
It has been wonderful. Since the beginning I have felt like I would have played here for years. Everybody is very helpful and always motivated to play. I like the courts too and what I love the most is that I have the chance of playing at any time I want.
TSJ: Do you get back to visit your family often? Would you return to live in Ecuador if the opportunity presented itself?
I have not been back home in more than a year. My parents came to visit this summer as well as my brother and sister. If I could, I would go back at least once a year but being a resident physician I do not get that much money to travel that often. I would like to go back home after I finish my training and after I have been able to save some money to open my own practice back home.
TSJ: Tell us about a ‘secret’ talent you have? Tell us what talent you don’t have that you would like to.