Well what can we say, we lit the international fuse on the Ignite session at AIHce 2014. As three of five internationals we made the stage sizzle with our slides. As Danny and Sandy said in Grease, summer lovin’ happened so fast that as soon as we were up there it was all over again. After an adult lemonade to keep our heads focused we thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Ignite session. Following on from Kate Cole who lit the fuse in Nottingham UK at OH2014 with the long distance experience we knew we had to step it up!
We were all gob smacked at the talent on stage, first off we had Mr Roskelley who definitely needed his San Antonio ski pole to conquer Everest and what a experience he shared. Next up was Paul who gave us a great insight into aircraft maintenance with some great images, copy that Paul! Taking it old skool was the legend of Billy Bullock giving it some on OELs, FAB work Billy. The treat to come was Prof Scott with his great analogy of GHS amazing and the crowd certainly got a big San Antonio slap in the face as we were all stirred by his excellent energy and enthusiasm. Don Weekes brought us back down to the ground with a fantastic fantastic (F2) story of hygiene in pictures, definitely something to think about. No wiffleball for Dustin Rusch as he made it to stage with his injured foot, however he took the “UN” out of it using brilliant graphics.
Then our very own Brooke Best took to the stage as the first Australian rep, but she didn’t let it go to her head while she proclaimed she was H.O.T.T.! The crowd loved her croc wrestling and multiple tattoos saying I love IH (thanks AIHA for the Tats). Holly Fletcher did not disappoint and really hit home what we do as a profession and how one person can really make a difference in your life. Theo Scheffers made good use of the stage to bring his call for hamonisation between OELs and DNELs, this discussion I am sure carried on right into the night most likely in Durty Nelly’s a key conference break out area. Alex Wilson emphasised the importance of Yorkshire but also his passion for science and grass roots education. Kids are an excitable sponge for learning and so are we, so lets soak this up and go and teach the next generation of hygienists. Mr and Mrs Klane brought the double act to the show and shared a personal story of hard work and working hard for their family and their marriage. Last but not least was the 3-peater himself the maestro Kim Merritt, no beer bongs were present on stage however Kim gave us a rush of blood to the head in igniting the passion for doing this style of presentation.
But for now, here is us on stage with our 5-minutes of fame: