Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph Rachael Vanderwal, a key member of the 2012 Great Britain Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. Although Rachael played for Great Britain, she was born and raised in Stoney Creek, Ontario. She played her university ball at Boston University and has been playing and teaching in Ireland since her university graduation. This year she will take her talents to northern Spain, allowing her to simply play ball and not have to balance play with teaching high school students.
In the summer of 2011, we had the opportunity to work together. A handshake deal was made that when Rachael made the Olympics, she would allow me to photograph the tattoo. The goal our photo shoot was simple, take a portrait of an Olympian and her Olympic Rings tattoo. It was a blast to work with Rach, patient and fun to be around. I’m glad I don’t have to play her in a game of one-on-one though.
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