36000 feet above our beautiful world, travelling 525 miles per hour I am finally en route to Calgary and I’m filled with a plethora of mixed emotions. On one hand I had one of the best weeks of my life and I never wanted it to end but on the other I am glad to be going home to see my loved ones.
Yesterday was finals day for the European Curling Championship where I have been working alongside the World Curling Federation for the last ten days as their Trainee Photographer. I had the opportunity to work and learn from and absolutely amazing photographer, Richard Gray, the Photo Editor with the World Curling Federation. Finals went by so quickly and from that point on it was a race to get everything done, packed up and to the banquet. For the first time in my career I was a part of a media scramble down on the surface for ‘that’ shot of the winners, quite an interesting experience to be competing with some of the best sports photographers in the world from huge wire agencies and services, I think I managed to hold my own though.
The banquet following the ceremonies was quite a fun time with a great cover band and a free bar, what more can you ask for? Oh, and we partied with the best curlers in Europe… Yeah that was pretty cool too! After the party we waited for what seemed like an eternity for the bus to pick us up but couldn’t resist a little parking lot soccer with some of the players and Danny. Arriving back at the hotel my goodbyes were said to Joanna and Danny who I am forever grateful for making this opportunity possible and am very proud to call them my friends now. This is where things start to get interesting, I WAS supposed to be on a 6:40 AM bus to the airport… I woke up at 7:30… After a frantic call to the front desk for a taxi and 300 Kron later I was on my way to the airport to catch my 9:10 AM flight to Heathrow, needless to say I made it just in time; funny how fast things happen.
As many times as I have tried to explain how grateful for this experience I truly am it just isn’t possible, so I will take what I have learnt and make sure my gratitude is reflected in my work. Thank you so much to the World Curling Federation, Danny Parker, Joanna Kelly, Richard Gray, Mike Haggarty, Gator, Doug & Joyce and of course the rest of the WCF & WCFTV crew who helped me grow exponentially this week, I hope to see you all very soon! Please enjoy my photos from my final day in the gorgeous Stavanger, Norway; Touristy photos will be in my Norway recap, coming soon! Great week this week guys, love you all!