I left the NRG on Saturday night, after working the final bout of 2012 with them.
I’ve had some ups and downs in the league, mainly since I had the teeth issues. That was at the forefront of my mind when wrting my goodbye speech, which is why this is actually the third version of it. I firmly believe that just because other people act like animals, I can rise above it… but sometimes that takes two drafts and proof reading by two women you trust to say NO. DO NOT READ THAT OUT.
So, putting that aside, I want to say thank you to everyone who made my time in roller derby in the North East the enjoyable experience that I will remember. Don’t worry, my memory is so bad I’ll forget the bullshit in about ten seconds. Here’s the speech:
You all know how much I love quotes, so I thought I’d start with one: “Great teams are not made up of many well-rounded players. Great teams are made up of a variety of players, each having their own strengths.”
You may experience greatness on track, but remember a team isn’t built from the moments of triumph; it’s built from the trials and tribulations in between.
To truly be the best we can be, we need to work together. Encourage each other.
Check in on your team mates that are off skates… they need you right now.
Don’t shit on your fellow skaters. They’re the ones that will take you to A&E.
A team is like a family, so act like one.
Congrats to the Captain and Vice, ladies you will be superb. Everyone else – remember these ladies have taken up a challenge. Help them. Don’t demand they work for you, you should work for them.
I wanted to say a proper thank you to a handful of people… Gin and Big Smack, for supporting me more than I ever expected. Stiff and Sven for welcoming me into Team Zebra. And Snipes.
One final quote… “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever” so to everyone who has made my time with the NRG enjoyable, I love you. To everyone else, feel free to go play on inflatables in the sea with Sniper…”
It seems apt to finish with an update on the teeth since I mentioned it above… I’m being referred to an orthodontist to get a brace fitted and get them back where they should be. By next year it will be all back to normal again.
Extra thank you to Big Smack for making me this: