I have never given a standing ovation. Yes, I've stood and clapped people. But only in situations where I was already standing (like a gig) or needed to stand to see, because everyone else was standing (like a football match), or because I'm asked to (like a wedding). I've never stood to applaud someone because I thought what they had done was worth it. I've come close a few times, but I've never been so jaw-droppingly overwhelmed that I feel the need to acknowledge it with a standing ovation.
Maybe I'm overly harsh. I probably am. I certainly have very high expectations. I thought the other day that the one time I would probably have given a standing ovation, I never got the chance. If there had been a chance to stand and applaud Colin and Margy Stephenson, the couple who led the youth camp Hebron, to recognise what they had given to teenagers and adults over twenty years, I think I might have. The chance never arose, so I remain a standing ovation virgin. For now.