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Sundancers are Five

On January 19th 2009 the photography Flickr group, Newcastle Sundance was born, with the first ever meet at Redhead Beach shortly afterwards. So with the 5th birthday approaching we decided to head back to where it all began. Learning about and meeting up this group has been one of the best things that has happened – not just for my photography but also for making life long friends that both myself and my partner now cherish. We always have a ball when we are with laughing and acting like crazies is pretty much standard practice, it is so good for the soul and photography.

This morning was no different and a large crew assembled to catch the morning rays as they cracked the horizon. Now Redhead Beach isn’t somewhere that i have shot, for whatever reason, very many times. It is also somewhere that i really haven’t captured that shot that i go back to and go yep this is why i love Redhead. it seems in fact to be a little bit of nemesis so i like to try and get there when i can and challenge it and myself.

Probably of all the times i have shot here this morning is one of the best (for me – trust me the others have absolutely crackers from here!) and i came away with a couple of shots that i really liked.

Heart Flows

We always get a group photo on special occasions such as this .. can you imagine trying to organise a group of photographers together in the one photo – the saying too many chefs not enough cooks probably doesn’t go far enough LOL we are pretty bad !!!

newcastle sundance 5th anniversary sunrise meet - redhead

(group photo taken by Sundancer Stewart)

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Special Olympics – Closing Ceremony

Unfortunately today we say goodbye to our Special Olympians. The closing ceremony was based on our beautiful foreshore with the athletes parading down the street through and ending up in the park with a concert and fireworks to close out the games.

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Special Olympics – Day 5

I was lucky enough to get another day of leave from my Monday to Friday job, so that i could shoot the last day of competition for the Special Olympics.

My morning started off at the football (soccer)

From the football i headed back over to the basketball for an afternoon of medal presentations:

Once these had finished i ducked next door to the badminton medal presentations:

Once the medal presentations were done, i then headed to Stockton Beach for what i think definitely has to be the best event of the whole games – beach experience. This was where all the athletes were taken to a beach around Newcastle (we used about 7 local beaches) and they got to experience the surf culture/experience that we are so lucky to have here. They got to play in the water, hang with our amazing lifesavers and run around on the beach. The weather and seas were just perfect we couldnt have ordered a better afternoon. The smiles on the faces of the athletes had everyone smiling and at times i think it was hard to find a single person that wasnt smiling ear to ear!

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Special Olympics – Day 2

Day 2 of competition and i was stationed at the University Gym/Pool for Badminton and a few sneaky pool shots 🙂

Today there were lots of medals – I’m talking tons of them. Its always so wonderful to see the competitors receive their medals and then proudly show them off to anyone who will look and then to watch the poses and stances as they show their families – See I’ve got this, what about you !!! Its brilliant.

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Special Olympics – Let the Games Begin

Day 1 of competition and i was tasked with basketball and table tennis. We had 6 photographers covering 4 basketball courts and 8 table tennis courts, needless to say we were kept very busy !!!

The competitiveness of these athletes should not be under-estimated but its the humility and caring that really gets you – they fall over, get knocked over and its just as likely to be someone on the other team helping them up and cheering them back into the play as it might be someone on their own team.

There were no medals today but everyone was fighting to get through to the next rounds, so they left nothing on the benches including their smiles!

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