I first began photographing swimming a decade ago. Over the years I have spent a lot time in the chlorinated atmosphere, having the experience of photographing every type state and national championship held in Australia. In 2008/2009 season I photographed every state and national championship, and was awarded “Best Action Photograph” by SAL / ASTCA. So that’s a lot of pictures of people in lycra splashing about. I also had the pleasure of getting to know the best swimmers in Australia. These are a dedicated group of fantastic athletes, hard working, with a drive and passion for success.
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Swimming was one of the first sports I came to shoot on a large scale. Working closely with Swimming Queensland after the Atlanta Olympics and in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics was a wonderful experience. There is a truly wonderful group of experienced volunteers and officials across Australia to make these events happen. After the Beijing Olympics I shot every State Championship and so much swimming my blood must have become chlorinated.
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To View And License Images Visit: Ironman Geelong 70.3 Triathlon Photos 2014
Triathlon is one of my favorite sports to cover, and Ironman racing, is a feat of endurance. There is something special about these races. They start in the pre-dawn, and sunrise has a little magic. They are always a battle, between athletes and within athletes themselves. It can be as much a mental test, as a physical one. The race in Geelong was a hot one, with temperatures reaching thirty before sunrise. Patches of overcast cloud provided little respite, with the course being enveloped with a hot, dry wind as the change swept through. Emma Moffatt worked hard to lead out of the swim and continued to extend the lead. Tim Reed pushed Craig Alexander all the way along the bike course and the two were still fighting it out for the lead on the first lap of the run. Craig Alexanders 70.3 form proved too strong and he powered on to take the victory. Craig admitted later though, that the scorching heat and hard racing made it one of the hardest races of his career. Stand out for me, and encapsulating the spirit of Ironman was Rebecca Hoschke, who said she drew inspiration from Belinda Granger, as the voice in her head, telling her never to give up. Rebecca coming from well behind out of the swim and through into third place.
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