Growing up, I'd a huge love of all sports, played at various level on many teams. Even have a few national titles to my name and got to wear a green vest. Watching sports events on TV, be it the Olympics, World Cup, Golden League Athletics, rugby, soccer, GAA, seeing all the top stars in action, little did I think that one day, I'd be pitch or track side capturing the images which made the headlines.
Meeting and working with some of the top names in sport, some from past generations, many who would have been on childhood heroes, such as the Greatest, Muhammed Ali, George Best, Kenny Daglish, Paul McGrath, Ronnie Delaney, Sebastain Coe, Jack Charlton, to name a few, then the more recent household names such, Usain Bolt, Ronan O Gara, and Paul O Connell.
There is no greater buzz that walking into the stadium on big match day or the night of a big meet. Trying to remember all the pre event research and the start nears. You are looking for the unique image to spread to the world. In most cases you know when you got, then it's distribution time and onto the laptop and away with it. The stadium is buzzing and your buzzing and happy at the joy well done.
People think to the great life you have, the flights, the hotels, meeting all the stars but what they don't know, is what we have to do to get there. Find suitable flights, wait around airports, outward and inwards. Get to hotel and to venue, make sure all the (heavy) equipment is safe at all times. That the wifi system is working and that you have all the up to date information. In many cases, you don't get a chance to see the city that you are working in, such are the demand of your time.
Would I give it up ? NO, I love capturing the great sporting moments, and it makes little difference, if it's a try in Cardiff or a cross country race in Cork, they are all important and it's a joy to be in a position to capture the photo.