If you know me, you know I love sports. One of my first sports I took extremely seriously, next to hockey, was running. At 12, I was in a running club that met 3 times a week. I continued with it until my last year of high school, and with it I was really into the sport of track and field. I was never overly successful, but I did go to OFSAA (Ontario HS Championships) twice, and really did learn to love the sport.
Imagine how excited I was when I learned last year that South Korea would be hosting the 2011 World Track and Field Championships in Daegu. Earlier this year, when I re-signed my contract, this event was part of the reason I would stay.
I was set to buy my tickets for the event, when I got very lucky. A friend offered me a pass to the event for no charge: a Press Pass. So, for the event, from August 27 until September 4th, I will have an all access pass to the events as a photographer. I can’t really say how lucky and fortunate I am for this.
Because of my job, I will only be able to attend the opening and closing weekends. That is fine enough with me, because I get to see the big ticket events: The 1st weekend will be the 100m heats and finals, and the second weekend will be the 200m heats and finals. I do find the middle distances (800’s, 1500’s, 3000’s) more exciting, but with the sprints I get to see the main man: Usain Bolt.
In my mind, he is the most pure and athletically gifted athlete we’ve ever seen. Everyone on the planet (if able) runs. Every athlete tries to do it. Not everyone can swim (lack of water), or skate, or play football, baseball, etc. Everyone can run. Usain Bolt has ran faster than everyone else. Even the athletes in the poorest countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, etc) find their way to the world stage. Usain Bolt has done it faster.
I get to see this man, in his prime, run his races. I can’t tell you how excited I am for next week.