6 DAYS AND COUNTING
Over ten years of training behind the camera shooting sport has culminated in the first journey for me to cover one of the World’s most inspiring sporting events, The 2012 Paralympic Games. In less than a week I will leave camera in hand to cover this incredible event.
Disabled athletes from all over the World come together in one place going head to head against each other. Training and competing for the last four years to qualify in their chosen sport for a chance at Paralympic glory, it’s their chance to fight for their country and all of the people that believe in them. Not to mention show everyone in the World just how well they have adapted to life with a disability.
The so called “2012 Paralympics” is to be held in London in the same venues that recently hosted the Olympic Games and its actually the birthplace for the Paralympic movement.
Here’s an out take from the Wikipedia Paralympic Games page:
The first organized athletic event for disabled athletes that coincided with the Olympic Games took place on the day of the opening of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. Dr. Ludwig Guttmann of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, who had been helped to flee Nazi Germany by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) in 1939, hosted a sports competition for British World War II veteran patients with spinal cord injuries. The first games were called the 1948 International Wheelchair Games, and were intended to coincide with the 1948 Olympics. Dr. Guttman’s aim was to create an elite sports competition for people with disabilities that would be equivalent to the Olympic Games. The games were held again at the same location in 1952, and Dutch veterans took part alongside the British, making it the first international competition of its kind. These early competitions, also known as the Stoke Mandeville Games, have been described as the precursors of the Paralympic Games.
As you can understand this will be a great moment to be a part of and will rank as one of the most special Paralympic Games of our lifetime.
It’s truly an honour to be chosen to represent my country (Australia) as one of the Official Australian Team Photographers and I’m sure that the lack of sleep and blisters on my feet will only drive me to bring home GOLD, my gold, an image that represents the moment that something spectacular happens.