We're so lucky to have publications like National Masters News to cover the masters track & field circuit. I was happy to see this shot of me, below in the October issue, as I won gold at the USA Masters Games in July. (Though, okay, that'll be the last of the hairband look.)
We athletes love seeing coverage of the masters T&F circuit. A number of photographers cover these events, but the most wonderful in my humble opinion is Rob Jerome who regularly attends and covers these meets. Rob took the shot below. He's a successful travel and dance photographer, but lends his talents to masters T&F events. At the meets, it's lovely to look over and see Rob's smiling face atop a frame loaded with various heavy cameras, lenses and other gear.
Frankly, since high jump is so complicated, I've relied on Rob's images over the past three years to help me learn how to high jump again -- after my 35-year break. I'd probably not be as successful as I am without his images to pour over -- looking at form, arch and technique.
Rob's currently in Perth, Western Australia covering the 2016 World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships (you might remember I went to France for the 2015 WMAs) and is posting dispatches from Perth. His images are so good -- capturing the moment, the pain, the strain and the unbridled happiness of an athlete doing well. Reading and seeing his coverage makes me even more wistful that I couldn't find the time and logistics strategies to get over there myself -- but, I'm kinda there, because his coverage is so fantastic!
His images are invaluable to the masters T&F "industry" and we appreciate his consistent coverage of our efforts.
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.