I don't want to name drop too too much.
After having been told here and there I was a source of inspiration, I say that the honor was and is mine. They were the inspiration. A truly positive thing. New youngsters like Garrett inspire me with what they could become. The bottom line is to achieve greatness. Andrew Durniat, Steve Cotter, Scott Helsley, Susanna Baxter, David Zink, Lorraine Patton, Catherine Imes have all achieved greatness. The inspire everyone, especially me. I brag about them constantly to people who don't know about kettlebells. I brag about Eric Liford's success story with kettlebells. Jon Hoskins inspires me with his technique perfection. VF goes without saying.
Here is a video of results and cohesive effort. YouTube - IGSF Long Cycle Championship
But what is interesting are the new people who get caught up in the spirit of competition even if it is on the sidelines. Some of them later compete and continue to encourage. Chris Duffy, Philip H, Rebecca and Lauri, Scott Shetler who are all supportive are achieving greatness. Stop and look back to where you were when you started and assess where you are now.
I remember Lauri when she started out and had been frustrated but always tried and tried and tried. That is inspiration. I saw her video recently and her snatches have improved so much. Lots of good things going on. I say this as example of very many coaches who have come a long way.
To me it doesn't matter your level but where you want to go. How fast you get there almost doesn't matter as long as you continue to move. Since VF has provided the method it becomes methodical and with the right elements to decide who you want to be.
These people are driven which indicates that to succeed they all have to lead by example. So in a sense we have a bunch of leaders. Some lead by example, others coach and there are those who do both.
I am saying what I had always been thinking but had been too busy training. Since I'm on the sidelines, its easy to see everyones' progress.