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2015 Greater Toronto East Regional

On March 12th,13th and 14th the Kinetic Knights robotics team 781 participated in the Greater Toronto Regional East robotics competition, hosted at the split UOIT-Durham College campus in Oshawa. The Knights pit crew arrived on the 12th to work on the robot and compete in practice matches. On the 13th, qualification matches were well on their way with the robot working in prime condition, as well our awards presenters being kept busy with questions.

The Woodie Flowers award is presented to one amazing mentor at every regional. Teams nominate one mentor from their team to be considered for this award and write a proposal explaining why their mentor should receive this honourable award. Team 781’s mentor, Pat O’Cain was the well deserving recipient of the Woodie Flowers award, which was presented by Woodie himself, a well known figure head in FIRST.  

On the 14th, the last qualification matches ran and alliances were picked by the top 8 ranked teams. Team 781, who were ranked 8th overall and were the 6th seed when picking, was happy to team up with W.AF.F.L.E.S, team 4476 and Les Aigles D’or, team 3387. The alliance played well in eliminations and made it to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, the robot did not make it any further.

However, the team did not leave empty handed. In addition to the Woodie Flowers award, during the final award ceremonies, the team was called down to receive the Gracious Professionalism award, and was met with many high-fives along the way down the stands and walked to the sound of thunderous applause. This award is chosen based on reviews by peers and mentors on other teams as well as the judges and is given to a team that demonstrates good behaviour, positivity, helpfulness towards others, along with other things. The Kinetic Knights were very honoured to have received this award.

The team ended the event with a wonderful dinner at The Mandarin, and ice cream was eaten to celebrate.