Critelli Cup and the people…

Queen’s University hosted the Critelli Cup basketball Championships, which featured McMaster, Queen’s, Carleton and Windsor. The winners of the semi-final games earned a berth into the USports Championship in Victoria, BC.

Unfortunately, I was only able to cover the gold and bronze medal games. Here are my top ten favourite photos:

Or not.

We need to talk about the people first. The people that play the game. The coaches that coach. The support staff surrounding the event.

Having been a photographer with the OUA for almost 10 years, it has been a pleasure to work with some exceptional athletes. This weekend, I had the pleasure of covering the final OUA/USport/CIS games of Clare Kenny (McMaster), Danielle Boiago (McMaster), Emily Prevost (Windsor) and Caitlin Longmuir (Windsor). These athletes have provided me multiple opportunities to photograph them for the OUA, McMaster and Windsor. They are elite athletes and individuals that have made an impact on my life through their words and actions.

Covering the Critelli Cup was not all about taking photos, it was about celebrating the excellence of others.

On this weekend, the excellence of Queen’s and Carleton was shining even brighter as they played for the Championship trophy. Again, athletes that have made my job easy were playing, Andrea Priamo (Queen’s), Robyn Pearson (Queen’s), Myriam Fontaine (Queen’s), Catherine Traer (Carleton), Heather Lindsay (Carleton), Liz Leblanc (Carleton) and JenJen Abella (Carleton).

Despite all the connections, it was quite sweet to watch JenJen Abella, the energetic, bite-size kid from Civics class, make an impact in her first year of OUA action after three seasons with Mohawk in the OCAA.

This has gone on too long, the key is the connections, the photos are about the connections. I love my jobs.

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