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Today I turned my hand to being a sports photographer for what is reputably the most difficult sport to photograph due to the speed its played at. An ice hockey puck can be hit at over 100 miles per hour and while the recreational game is a lot slower, it still isn’t easy to keep up with the puck as it whips across the rink.

Leeds Knights is a new ice hockey team based in the city of Leeds, but currently playing their home games in Sheffield and Bradford until a new ice rink is built in the south of the city, on Elland Road, next to Leeds United’s football stadium. They are a recreational team playing a series of challenge and charity games with a view to joining an organised league in the future.

Having been a long time supporter of Blackburn Hawks, I had been hoping for hockey to arrive in Leeds since I went to live there 12 years ago, so when I heard about the Knights I had to go and watch a game. Before I did, I was contacted by the teams GM, Neil Fox who asked if I would consider taking some photographs of the game. I couldn’t say no!

The game was my first in eight years and I’d only taken photos from the stands, as a fan in the past. Bradford Ice Rink is a much more difficult place to shoot than Blackburn Arena too, smaller, darker and poorly maintained. I arrived early to get a feel of the rink and find the best locations to shoot from. The plexiglass was to dirty and scuffed to see through, never mind take photographs though. The main fan area was covered with safety netting which rules out any decent photography. There was an area near the team bench, at ice level and near the goal line which was great for the camera – no plexi or netting; but not so great for me because when your eye’s against the viewfinder keeping up with where the puck is heading isn’t that easy. Luckily I only came close to injury once and that was from a well checked shoulder rather than the puck! The rink has an upper balcony level as well which was much safer and meant I was shooting down onto the ice from a high level. That was good in terms of being able to see beyond players to where the action was at, but seemed to take away an element of being in the game. Something to think about for next time maybe; great shots, or safety?

I shot over 1,000 pictures during the game and have submitted over 200 of them to the Knights for promotional use. A few of those images can be found below, with many more over on flickr.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Leeds Knights visit their website at leedsknights.co.uk.

Leeds Knights Ice Hockey Today I turned my hand to being a sports photographer for what is reputably the most difficult sport to photograph due to the speed its played at.

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May
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Keep the world moving

Keeping the world moving: #GCC 2014

A year ago I wrote about the Global Corporate Challenge, a 100 day challenge that companies across the world sign up for and get their employees to sign up to.

The challenge is simple, to be more active and create a fitter, healthier population, the way of achieving it is slightly harder. Participants aim to walk 10,000 steps per day, every day for the duration of the 100 day challenge. 10,000…

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May
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Ninja Ducks

 

Three ducks walk into a park… These three look like they mean business, hiding in the long grass, waiting for their victim to wander on by before they leap!

Use this image under licence, exclusively from Picfair.

Ninja Ducks

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Feb
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Governor Central

I had considered being a school governor for a while and had looked at the School Governors One-Stop Shop website a couple of time and started filling in the application form to become a governor.

However, I didn’t submit the application form as other commitments were taking up the majority of my time and I didn’t feel that I could do the role justice at that point. There was a secondary…

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Feb
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School continuity and disaster recovery planning

What a headline to get your excited on a Saturday afternoon: School continuity and disaster recovery planning, doesn’t it move you to the edge of your seat?

No, not really, but I’m going write about it anyway.

I recently attended my first full governing body meeting since becoming a governor and SFVS was on the agenda. For those who aren’t familiar with the term (I wasn’t until that meeting) it…

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Dec
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Photos of a singing, dancing cowToday my 5 year old daughter Hannah became a singing, dancing cow for her school nativity play and…View Post

Photos of a singing, dancing cow

Today my 5 year old daughter Hannah became a singing, dancing cow for her school nativity play and…

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Dec
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Reason to succeedI’m not sure where this quote came from, but it’s one that I’ll be sharing with my team when I get…View Post

Reason to succeed

I’m not sure where this quote came from, but it’s one that I’ll be sharing with my team when I get…

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Dec
8th
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Amy and Simon’s Wedding

A few pictures from the wedding of Amy and Simon Kirk at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, 7th December 2013.

Just one  question though; why won’t my children sit for a photo for me, but they’re more than happy to for somebody else?

Warning: One of these is…

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Nov
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Stereophonics

Stereophonics at the first direct arena in Leeds, 15 November 2013.

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Chairing the PTFAA PTA’s biggest challenge is getting parents help with organising and running events. There is no…View Post

Chairing the PTFA

A PTA’s biggest challenge is getting parents help with organising and running events. There is no…

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