Before you enter the hall, with all your excitement, anticipation (we hope), and wishes of yummy treats for sale, so much thought, planning and setting up has already happened. On Saturday, as the hosts of the SW:UK final, it was all hands on deck for PCRG....skaters, Mums, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends...come one, come all, just come and help! So, my job (along with Storm Cooper) was to take all that hard work and make it worthwhile, by: keeping the schedule running on time, telling people where they should be (mostly hurrying people along), signposting and being a point of contact for the many queries that inevitably arise throughout. It was actually a pretty daunting task, but with the support of a load of PCRG peeps and the mentoring of Slams, it was quite fun and gave me a greater appreciation of what's involved in putting a bout together successfully.
So, I've compiled a list of memorable moments from said task:
Most embarrassing moment: being given a radio in case of emergency, having nowhere to put it other than my back pocket and as a result walking round looking like a douche on a power trip.
Scariest, pant wetting moment: trying to get gatecrashers to vacate the hall, who were....let's say reluctant to go, evident by the tirade of verbal abuse. Followed by their friends' reemergence at another door;I think I lose feminist points for seeking out a man to take with me! Luckily they were more friendly than their friends and were encouraged to buy a ticket to our next bout (May 11th, in case you were wondering).
Oh My God, I'm out of my depth moment: approaching a pack of refs to try and tell them what MY schedule was!
And finally, most proud moment: seeing all the hard work at training being put into practice on the track. It was sad not to see PCRG take the win, but pride inducing watching them skating fast, hitting hard and working the PCRG way...as a team!
As I said, the best thing about being a bout coordinator is...you don't have to be impartial.
This is Bella Trips, over and out.