MIO, Gemma

Profile - Mio 2014

WHEN / HOW YOU STARTED PLAYING

The first time I touched a foosball table was in 2003 when I was working as an
intern at the Toronto IBM Software Lab.  We would literally create miscellaneous
“meetings” so that foosball time was blocked off on our calendars. We had
Garlando tables at the lab, and the balls were so dented that they no longer
rolled straight!  Naturally, the game was pretty fast paced and most of us had no
ball control.  I was lucky, as a good friend played foosball in his high school days
and taught me to stop the ball and do a pull shot from the back – that was the
beginning of many long nights of going back to “work” to play!

HOW THAT LED TO TOURNAMENT PLAY

Foosball stayed extremely casual for me until my husband and I moved to
California in 2007 and found ourselves in a pool hall with Tornado tables.  While
we were fooling around on the new table, a sweet old man came up to us and
invited us to play in the local league.  Because of an illness in the family, my
husband and I flew back and forth between Toronto and California for the next
1.5 years and foosball became a necessary distraction.  Long nights were spent
with the boys at my local California pool hall and the Teamplay crew in Toronto,
trying to absorb as much skill and knowledge about the game as possible. And
in 2010, a friend finally suckered me into touring by casually claiming that he
needed an Expert Mixed partner.  My competitive spirit has completely taken
over since!

WHAT YOU DO OUTSIDE OF FOOSBALL

Outside of foosball, you’d most likely find me hanging on the side of a rock with
my awesome husband – we are avid rock climbers – or taking pictures.

TITLES WON / ACHIEVEMENTS 

2013 Texas State Championships, Women Singles Champion
2013 Hall of Fame Classics, Expert Women Singles 2nd place
2013 Hall of Fame Classics, Amateur Doubles 3nd place
2012 Hall of Fame Classics, Expert Women Doubles Champion
2012 World Championships, Amateur Women Singles Champion
2012 World Championships, Amateur Women Doubles Champion
2012 World Championships, Expert Women Singles 2nd place
2012 World Championships, Expert Mixed 2nd place
2011 Hall of Fame Classics, Women Doubles 3rd place
2010 NorCal Fireball Open, Open Mixed Champion

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