My first “Published” Photo

I am a hockey girl, through and through but a part of me misses my football days.

The photo was titled, “Steamed after a 0-9 season”, but I like to call it, “The Heart of a Competitor”

I still remember this night. It was the last game of the season and we were in North Vancouver at Carson Graham High School and this was the guys’ last chance to steal a win. They didn’t care if it was their only win of the season, they just wanted to come away with a victory they had been robbed of all season. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It was the final nail in the coffin. The player in the photo is of  a guy I have known since I was 10 years old. He was an unstoppable force on the team and one who didn’t show a lot of emotion, only focus and determination for a win. But there, after the final buzzer and the score on the board sealed their fate of a loosing season, his tough exterior was stripped down, and he let everyone see the disappointment on his face. You think of athletes being strong and untouchable human beings that are only focused on the win and nothing else. It’s the heart of a competitor, their emotion is pure competitiveness and focus to play the game to the best of their ability and win. Its tough to explain, seeing as I’m far from an athlete but I know it’s even harder to capture in a photo. They’re rocks, both physically and emotionally, but when it comes down to working so hard for something only to have it slip through your fingers, you see that tough exterior stripped down to nothing more than pure emotion. That’s only hitting the surface in an attempt to describe the heart of a competitor.

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