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Team 907

I'm welling up with so much pride in my team that I just had to post this somewhere! It was by far one of the most exciting games at this regional.

Our driver went into this game a very unhappy-cybernaut; "we're going to loose, we're playing against 1114 and 2056... "

I gave the best advise that I could; "you can't think like that, we've been here [the semis] before. Just play the game the best way you know how and whether we win or loose we've still made it far!" Rubbed his shoulders a bit until I saw a smile, and we were off!

Youtube - ON GTR East - SF 1-1

The monuments roar of applause was beyond was I could ever have expected to receive, and watching it now for the fifth time continues to give me goosebumps!

A mere five years ago we were ranking 62/65 at the one regional we could afford to go to. I hope that in some little way we've been an inspiration to other teams out there. Hard work and dedication do pay off, even though if at the time you're exhausted, feel beaten, battered, and bruised.

I'm teeming with so much pride in my kids! See you all at GTR West!



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Re: Team 907

Great job! Way to hang in there.
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Re: Team 907

You guys put up a valiant effort! Merely playing against 1114 and 2056 in eliminations are in itself a major achievement akin to winning. It says a lot to stare certain doom in the face, ignore the odds and give 110% to go down fighting. You should indeed be proud!

IMO, the teams who lose to that alliance are true winners for making it to that point.
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Re: Team 907

As main contact and Lead Mentor for Team 907, I would like to formally apologize to our friends, colleagues and fellow teams of GTR East and to the FIRST community for the inappropriate and hurtful comments that were posted in a recent Chief Delphi thread using, what appeared to be the team's account name without the prior knowledge of its leaders or senior mentors.

We would like to assure the FIRST community that Team 907 is taking this unfortunate incident very seriously. As soon as we became aware of the situation, we took action to identify the individual(s) involved and corrective measures will be taken.

I personally must state that Teams 1114 and 2056 have served as models to Team 907 and to the FIRST community. I have great respect and admiration for their accomplishments and look to them, as they lead by example.

Team 907's leaders and mentors consider this incident a failure on our part and take full responsibility for the unsportsmanlike conduct of one or two individuals. In particular, Team 907 wishes to publically apologize to Teams 1114 and 2056 for any comments attributed to our team that diminished their great accomplishments or impugned their reputations. We plan to offer our apologies privately to both teams at the Greater Toronto West Regional. We have also contacted Karthik Kanagasabapathy personally to express our regrets.

We were ecstatic to compete among the best at the Greater Toronto East Regional where Team 907 had the best showing in its history. Our favorable standing has given our students the passion and motivation to compete even harder at GTR West. It is the championship teams like 1114 and 2056 that have been instrumental in creating this drive. Unfortunately, that same intense passion can boil over negatively without mentor guidance, which we profoundly regret. The lessons that our students learn through FIRST are not just limited to soldering and riveting.

We hope that our FIRST colleagues can put this isolated incident in the past and see Team 907 for what it truly is: fiercely competitive but always friendly, fair and fun.

One of the greatest accomplishments of our weekend at GTR East was the opportunity to have successful coopertition with the championship teams. This was, of course, truly inspiring. We hope to do much more of that at GTR West.
Our comittment to playing well and playing fair remains our cornerstone.

See you on the field!
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Re: Team 907

Just watched the match where you gave the dynamic duo a loss in elims. All I have to say is dang you Canadians are stepping up your game! Nice work and I hope you can build on that success at your next event.
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Re: Team 907

I happened to be in Toronto this weekend from St Louis (Team 1094) and stopped by the regional. I had a chance to talk to one of Team 907's mentor. After talking to him I left with the thought that Team 907 understood the purpose of FIRST.

The mentor was proud to show the milling on the side panels of the robot and had great pride in the fact that he was able to show the student how to use the tool, and the student was able accomplish his task.

I left with the impression that Team 907 was a good team, trying hard to be a great team. I truly hope that a few comments made on another thread do not reflect the attitudes of the entire team.

I believe that Team 907 is a good ambassador FIRST, and that the opinions of a few should not mar the reputation of the entire team.

Keep up the good work 907, hope to see you in St. Louis.
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Re: Team 907

Thanks for the observations. We do try hard. We do all the fabrication work ourselves.

I like what FIRST allows me to do; expose and engage students to STEM. I have a great group of mentors who share this with me.

Since taking over the team in 2008, we have come a long way. There is still much to do. Life lessons included.

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Re: Team 907

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The monuments roar of applause was beyond was I could ever have expected to receive, and watching it now for the fifth time continues to give me goosebumps!
I think that we've all seen that video way too many times. There's over 1000 views on youtube and, sad to say, most of them are probably mine!
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I think that we've all seen that video way too many times. There's over 1000 views on youtube and, sad to say, most of them are probably mine!
I'm sure I'm a close second
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