GP Brussels 2018

GP Brussels 2018

Following the escapades of my roommate losing their luggage in Turin and my internal scoffing at their misfortune it was only natural that my trip to Brussels would be marred by the worst flying experience since a three day ordeal trying to get to Chile in 2000.

My flight from Manchester to Amsterdam was delayed by almost an hour, eating up almost all of my connection time in Schiphol airport. After my undignified sprint through passport control to get to my departure gate for Brussels I get a notification from Google that my flight has been cancelled (the notification from KLM came through about an hour later). The gate staff told me to collect my luggage here and that I should contact customer services to get a flight rebooked. Six hours later I still had no luggage and no connecting travel options. Eventually, I was put on a train at around 11pm ( I was supposed to be tucked up in bed in my hotel by 5.30pm) still with no suitcase.

I was scheduled as a side event scorekeeper for this show and with the exception of my laptop all of my gear was in my checked luggage. I managed to acquire a MacBook charger at the electronics boutique at the airport train station and arranged for some new staff t-shirts to be available for me to pick up the following day. Turns out that the MacBook charger inside the box was not the same as the MacBook charger on the outside of the box. Luckily, a fellow judge had a spare one I could steal for the day until my luggage arrived!

The trip home was almost as manic. Due to an IT issue, cancelled flights show you as a ‘no show’ so any remaining legs on your ticket are cancelled. This led to a lot of stress and time wasted in sorting this out so I could get back to the UK.

The show itself was actually quite positive. I felt like I was able to contribute not just in my own role but support others as well. I took on some extra responsibility with prepping the PTQ and took an active part in mentoring new scorekeepers on the team.

Despite all the madness around travel, this might actually have been my best performance as a scorekeeper to date and I was able to offset a lot of the anxiety with positivity. Probably my lesson of the weekend is that even if you have to fake positivity it can be infectious.

2 Replies to “GP Brussels 2018”

  1. What specifically made this your best performance as a scorekeeper?

    How would you characterise the scorekeeper role to someone who’s idly curious about it and still doesn’t have any idea where they’d be best placed at GPs and larger events?

    1. I made very few mistakes.

      Scorekeeping at its core is data entry combined with project management skills. Your job is to keep all the plates spinning despite judges, players and technology trying their hardest to knock them off.

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