Half Peruvian and half Chinese, Guillermo Li shares his polo inspiration and aspirations with the SD Polo Club. Handicap 5.
Tell us about yourself. How did you start playing polo?
I grew up in Peru and my dad played polo. Initially, I didn’t like horses, but after being around them so much, I grew to love them. I started playing at 13. In 2002, I started traveling internationally. Both of my brothers play polo, too.
Where have you played?
Everywhere. Colombia, Equador, Chile, Brazil, Australia, North America, South America… do you want me to keep going?
Sounds like you’re well traveled. When did you come to San Diego?
Two years ago. A friend recommended me to Ramon Richard.
What or who inspired you to play polo?
At one point in my life, Aldolfo Cambiaso. He’s the best player in the world, no?
Yes, he is. And what is your favorite thing about polo?
Adrenaline and being on a team.
Have you ever had a bad injury?
Oh, yes, a couple. I was playing in Colombia in 2004 and I was hit with a mallet in the eye. I’m half blind in my right eye.
Wow! That’s something that could change your career. Have you ever thought of doing something else? What’s in store for the future?
I hope to continue to develop as a player and continue teaching polo in Peru and Mexico.