Last year, I got a lot of attention during my walkout at Worlds. I knew this year I needed to up my game to follow it up.
In 2017, all I did was hold up a sign that said, “Follow CJCJ.” There was a lot of pressure this year with people asking what I was going to do – I didn’t think a walk-out would make the impact that mine did.
It was a pretty last minute decision. I was streaming during the boot camp in London the week before Worlds when I asked my chat for an idea on what to do for my entrance.
It was actually a viewer who suggested coming out in one of those kids’ toy cars. I hadn’t thought of anything yet at that point. I thought the idea was awesome and decided there and then, that’s what I was going to do.
Getting one of those cars actually proved to be a little bit harder than I expected. I called a toy store locally and was told that I was way over the weight limit to drive one and they wouldn’t sell it to me!
I ended up ordering one online and it cost me around $250AUD. I had to get it priority shipped to the hotel because it was only 3 days before the event.
When it came I was so excited. I had to put it together, but seeing it light up for the first time when I was done was amazing. Luckily I was actually able to drive it. I was ready to go and I was thrilled.
I knew I was going to get a good reaction when the time came, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as big as it was. The crowd in London absolutely loved it.
The engagement on social media was incredible, which is why I got the car in the first place. It was a lot of fun and helped lighten the mood and calm my nerves too. Definitely, money well spent.
After my ride-out, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to bring the car home. It would be too much of a hassle to bring it on the plane and I didn’t want to ship it home.
Some people suggested that I sign it and sell it, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that. I decided to leave it in the scrim room and left a note on the car asking all the pros to sign it, and I felt grateful that by the end of the weekend everyone had.
Even some of the developers from Psyonix signed the car too. I was going to auction it off. Not to make money, but to donate it to a cause that was important to me – cancer research.
Cancer affects so many families around the world. Pretty much everyone at least knows someone who has been through a cancer journey. Plus the cause was near and dear to my heart.
I lost my auntie to cancer about 3 years ago. It was something that was so hard, not only on me but my entire family. Her diagnosis came out of the blue and she passed only a year after being diagnosed. It was very sudden and none of us were expecting it.
We’re a very tight-knit family. Pretty much as close as you could get for an extended family. Our families would take holidays and spend a lot of time together. After she passed we even went to go live with my cousins and their family for a few weeks. It took a big toll on everybody.
Even though it was so tough I was happy that we were able to be there for my cousins. We would do our best to distract them and keep their minds off of everything. It makes you appreciate your family and loved ones even more after something like that happens.
I knew I wanted to donate to the Cancer Council Tasmania. It’s such an amazing organization. They worked directly with our family during the transition period after losing my auntie. They also helped her immensely during her whole battle with cancer. I knew I wanted to give back to them as best I could.
After everything was all said and done I ended up auctioning the car for $550. I more than doubled my investment which I was very happy about. In the grand scheme of things I know that is not a tonne of money, but I felt so thankful that people were even willing to spend that much money on the car I bought.
It was almost unbelievable; seeing the Rocket League community get behind me in support of charity was so special.
I urge you all to donate to cancer research if you can. I know firsthand how devastating a disease it can be.
I really want to personally thank everybody in the RL community who supported me during that time. It means so much to me.