Merry Christmas Everyone!

What a year!  I want to share with all of you my "speech" from our BTG holiday get-together, which took place on Sunday, December 15, which kind of sum up our year, and bring attention to a few of our outstanding members!

First, I would like to thank you all for being here this evening, and for the great year we’ve had together at The BTG.  We had our challenges this year, but with the support of my fabulous wife and family, my team, Chelsey and Julia, and all of you as part of The BTG Crew, we have come through them stronger and more focused, and I am very excited for what the future will bring.

It has been said by nearly everyone here at one time or another that the best thing about The BTG is the feeling of community and camaraderie, and being PART of something , not just “going to the gym” that makes it such a great place to be, and that is all down to you guys.  With such a diverse group of people as we have here, it is even more impressive how you have all come together to make us what we are.

Thank you all for giving your best every time you set foot in the training room, and creating that community that makes us great.  I am proud, as always, to call you all, not just members, but friends.

With that out of the way, on to the awards.

First, for our “Most Improved” member for this year.  In this case, we have a tie.

Of the first recipient of the “Most Improved” award, her trainer, Julia, said:

“…she has come a long way in the year that I've been training her. When I started training her she used to say "I want to be like that" or "I want to be able to do that." Now when she trains she works hard and asks questions about how she can improve some exercise and sure enough, within a few weeks she can do it and she has gained the strength to do it properly. Instead of saying she wants to do something, she does it.”

I think that really sums it up.  Over the past year, this person has really grown and started to display outwardly the confidence and poise that we have all seen inside of her from the start, while retaining her often self-deprecating sense of humour.  So, I am proud to present this award to Christine!

Of our second recipient, her trainer, Chelsey, said (and I’m sure this will be a dead giveaway):

“…significantly fewer f-bombs during training, really pushes herself, and fights harder throughout the session.”

One of her fellow trainees also said:

You can't give and take that much "Guff" without getting better...... All in a good way.”

Throughout this year, she has really switched her attitude in the gym from “you’ve got to be f-ing kidding me, I can’t do that” to “you’ve got to be f-ing kidding me, but sure, I’ll give it my best”.  She is always entertaining to have in a session, and continues to improve every time she turns up, and she is one of our most consistent attendees, who rarely misses a scheduled session.  For giving such a consistent effort to improve herself every day, I am proud to present this award to Amber!

Next, for our “Most Inspirational Member”

This person actually was tied with Christine and Amber for “Most Improved” as well, but since this person was the clear winner of THIS award, I opted to take those votes and count them as further evidence of just how inspirational he has been to many of you, and to all three of his trainers.

Chelsey said:

“He gives everything 100% & never makes excuses”

Julia said:

“He has one of the best attitudes towards everything. He always has a smile on his face and he is always excited to learn and take on a new challenge. I've known this person for a while and that is his outlook on every aspect of his life. He is inspirational in that he radiates excitement and gets others (just about) as excited as himself. He always has something good to say even if he had an awful day and he always puts 100% into his training.

Despite only having been with us for the latter half of this year, and joining the BTG Crew at the most tumultuous of times as we made the decision to close our rented facility and move training back home, this person has stood out from day one with his positive can-do attitude and ready smile.

Despite literally having one of our walls fall on him during a training session, he has never displayed anything but confidence in us as trainers, and simply goes to work with everything he’s got and then some.  He’s always supportive and encouraging to the other members he trains with, and is a genuine pleasure to have around.

For really exemplifying the ideal of “always give your best” that we as trainers try to instill in all of you, I am proud to present this award to Gerry!

Finally, I’d like to thank my outstanding team of trainers, Chelsey and Julia.  It’s been great to see them grow into their roles as trainers with us, and emerge as real leaders.  They are two of the smartest and hardest working young ladies I have had the pleasure of knowing, and I’m very glad, as I’m sure you all are, to have them on our team.

I know I have said this at least once before to some of you in the gym, but one of my favourite fiction authors is Iain M. Banks – if you like sci-fi, I highly recommend him.  In his book, “The Hydrogen Sonata”, one of his characters (a bad guy of sorts, actually) is the captain of a ship, and when a comment is made on the faith he shows in his crew, his response goes something like this:

“Faith is belief without reason; we operate on reason and nothing but.  I have zero faith in my crew, just absolute confidence.”

I am very proud to say that the same applies for me when it comes to these two outstanding ladies, who over the past year have given me every reason to have absolute confidence in them.  Thank you both for a great year, and I look forward to seeing you continue to grow and become even greater leaders in our field in the future!

Thank you again to my family, my team, and the awesome community of members we have at The BTG.  Merry Christmas everyone!