|The highest bidder for the foot |
massage is.... Victoria
Thanks to the many people who hung around late into the evening and created a very festive atmosphere.
Saturday Wee Hours
|Carol and Emily dancing the |
|Andrew & Erika DallaBona|
I am not a morning person and it amazed me to see how many people that were willing to come out and play Graeme at what I consider a horrid time slot. Your participation really helped us and got us through a difficult time. A special thank you to the Chatham group who really went out of their way to help us out.
By the time I returned to the fold at 6am, energy was at an all-time low. The women were tired, the juniors were barely moving and setting a record for complaints in a 24-hr period. Then came in the Moceri's. At first I thought that John was having some intestinal issues until I realized he was going to keep Graeme going with his "fart app" (no endorsement here). Little did John know but Graeme had his own version of the app, only this one actually created an odour. The energy level slowly began to rise as people began to filter into the club. I just feel bad for that poor member who showed up at 6am thinking he would be the first into the club and get a nice quiet workout. There was nothing quiet about 6am.
And so began the club waking up and as people started filtering in, everyone's mood lightened (except for the kids sleeping on the doubles court that had to leave because of a 9am scheduled match). Graeme began hitting nicks again (not that many really) and the juniors began to repopulate the courts. Before you knew it, we were starting the Adult/Junior doubles tournament and heading into our last few matches against Graeme.
For the Adult/Junior Doubles Tournament, adults and juniors were randomly paired with each other and playing a one match knockout to the finals. The rallies were long and the matches were incredibly close. Many matches went the distance and in the end, the team of Marcy Porter/A-a-ron Nagy defeated Arthur Nagy/Amin Khan.
DJ Thor was spinning the tunes to help Graeme and the juniors to the finish line. Or maybe Victoria really hired DJ Thor because she didn't feel like taking Maisy to dance and instead had Maisy dance at the club (see photos). Whatever the case, the excitement was building as Graeme was approaching the end of his 24 hours. And what could be better than getting to play with his wife in one of the last time slots of the day. Oh, and Kathy Moceri too. Hmmmm......
David Bshouty decided that he would contribute to the cause by riding a stationary bike next to the court for the last 4 hours of the event all while collecting donations. Thanks Dave! With all this going on,
At 3:59:50, the countdown began and Graeme completed his 24 hours with his best shot of the day (literally), a cross court nick that Nick Matthew wouldn't have got.
In the end it was great to see the support for Graeme and his junior program. The amount of people that supported in one way or another (not just this event) really shows the community-mindedness (is that a word? I teach math) of the squash club. I know that our juniors are very appreciative and it is great to see the way that they interact with all the squash members because that is really what it is all about, creating solid citizens.
|"It is done, can't wait to do it again!"|
After watching a ton of squash this weekend, I am positive that I saw significant improvements in some of our players over the 24 hours. Which makes me think about how many balls do you actually hit in a 24 hour event (great math question.... Phil/Matt). Even Graeme was busting out some new shots that I had never seen. I really think that we may be onto something here and I could have swore I heard him talking about making this a monthly event........
Here is a folder that contains pictures from this event. It is public so please upload any photos you have here, although you may need a gmail account. If you don't you can email me.