Running on Grey Mountain

For about a month I have been trying to get to one of the organized trail runs that happens in Whitehorse. Logistically, it just hasn’t lined up. Until this week. And boy, was it a treat! Panoramic vistas on the top of Grey Mountain.

Nancy Thomson joked that there was only one hill on the course.

Only mild mosquito and black fly bites were incurred. (more…)

 

Introducing Whitehorse

I’ve been in Whitehorse for just over a month now as the Daily Star’s sports editor.

Runners take part in the Haeckl Hill Run on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Runners take part in the Haeckl Hill Run on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Photo by Marissa Tiel

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Calgary Herald / Calgary Sun Internship

A few photos and videos from my two weeks at the Calgary Herald/ Calgary Sun.

Canadian boxing heavyweight legend George Chuvalo poses for a photo at Peanuts Public House in Calgary, Alta., on Monday, April 18, 2016. Chuvalo was in town to promote a fundraiser for stopbully.com, which takes place on April 19 at the Texas Gate Bar and Grill in Cochrane. Chuvalo celebrated the 50-year anniversary of his first fight against Muhammad Ali at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on March 29. Marissa Tiel/Postmedia Network
Canadian boxing heavyweight legend George Chuvalo poses for a photo at Peanuts Public House in Calgary, Alta., on Monday, April 18, 2016. Chuvalo was in town to promote a fundraiser for stopbully.com, which takes place on April 19 at the Texas Gate Bar and Grill in Cochrane. Chuvalo celebrated the 50-year anniversary of his first fight against Muhammad Ali at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on March 29. Marissa Tiel/Postmedia Network
Alesia Fieldberg reads under a tree at Prince's Island Park in Calgary, Alta., on Monday, April 13, 2015. Calgary is on track to break a 100-year-old high temperature record today. Marissa Tiel/Postmedia Network
Alesia Fieldberg reads under a tree at Prince’s Island Park in Calgary, Alta., on Monday, April 13, 2015. Calgary is on track to break a 100-year-old high temperature record today. Marissa Tiel/Postmedia Network

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Con Affeto

Before leaving Belleville, I was able to do a video with the amazingly talented Gin Sexsmith.

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Con Affetto from Marissa Tiel on Vimeo.

Curling Junior World Championships

In March I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to photograph the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Taarnby, Denmark with the World Curling Federation. The media team was small, but mighty. We were two photographers, a computer tech genius, a writer and a master of operations as well as a love TV crew.

The week started off with a trickle and quickly turned into a crescendo. It was my first time really photographing curling, and while the setting was new, I was comfortable in the world of sports and totally looking forward to the challenge.

First up Richard and I shot head shots and team shots of all the athletes. After suffering through having terrible head shots on my accreditation when I competed at junior worlds, I was determined to make these athletes’ headshots look awesome. So I carted my lighting kit with me across the Atlantic and found myself Saturday morning in the tiny bright orange foyer of the Kastrup Curling Club sandwiched like sardines between officials inspecting brooms, coaches and athletes from all the countries. The results of the controlled chaos would be incredibly important for us later on, as we would rely on those photos to name the athletes in our snaps.
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Each day of the round-robin, there were three draws. Going in, I only knew that the arena would be cold, but I had no clue how long the games might actually go on for. Turns out that 10 ends of curling can take quite a few hours to get through.

Richard was a great mentor and I learned a lot about shooting curling and especially backgrounds. The arena was quite small, with five sheets to play on and a boardwalk around the outside. Five games with 10 teams would be happening simultaneously, so there was a lot going on.

Day 1

Sarah Pengel of Team Sweden shouts as she watches her shot go down the ice. The Swedish women's team placed fifth at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Tarrnby, Denmark. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Sarah Pengel of Team Sweden shouts as she watches her shot go down the ice. The Swedish women’s team placed fifth at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Taarnby, Denmark. Photo by Marissa Tiel
VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016
Team Japan
Session three at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 6, 2016.
Mary Fay gives an interview after winning her second game of the round-robin
Men's first session at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 7, 2016.
Turkey

Day 2

Women's first session at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 7, 2016.
Sweden
Men's second session at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 7, 2016.
Denmark

Day 3

First session of the day for the men at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 8, 2016.
Turkey
Second session of the day for the women at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 8, 2016.
Canada

 

Day 4

Fredrik Nyman vice-skip for Team Sweden watches a rock as it approaches the house on day four of the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Fredrik Nyman vice-skip for Team Sweden watches a rock as it approaches the house on day four of the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016. Photo by Marissa Tiel
First session of the day for the women at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on Mar. 9, 2016.
Russia

Day 5

Maria Larsson of Team Sweden sweeps a rock. down the ice at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Maria Larsson of Team Sweden sweeps a rock. down the ice at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Women's session 15 at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 10, 2016.
Turkey

 

As the week progressed, we filled the library with images. And sought to capture the images that would represent the individual games.

Axel Sjoeberg of Sweden watches over Daniil Goryachev of Russia's shoulder as Goryachev's shot makes its way down the sheet. The Russian men's team was relegated to the junior-b world championships next year. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Axel Sjoeberg of Sweden watches over Daniil Goryachev of Russia’s shoulder as Goryachev’s shot makes its way down the sheet. The Russian men’s team was relegated to the junior-b world championships next year. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Women's session 17 at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 11, 2016.
Sweden
Women's session 17 at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 11, 2016.
Hungary
Women's session 17 at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 11, 2016.
Switzerland

 

And of course, the photos that would represent the medal games.

VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 12, 2016.
Matt Dunstone of Canada
VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 13, 2016.
Canada
Scottish skip Bruce Mouat slides to the ice after winning the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 13, 2016. " I feel a lot more relaxed than I thought I was going to be," said Mouat. "I was quite chilled. We controlled that game from the start and that probably contributed to how I felt." Photo by Marissa Tiel
Scottish skip Bruce Mouat slides to the ice after winning the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 on March 13, 2016. ” I feel a lot more relaxed than I thought I was going to be,” said Mouat. “I was quite chilled. We controlled that game from the start and that probably contributed to how I felt.” Photo by Marissa Tiel
Taarnby, Denmark (03.09.16) Ð Seventeen-year-old Mary Fay of Chester, Nova Scotia has had an amazing year. As skip for the Canadian mixed doubles curling team at the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, she won gold and followed it up last weekend by winning the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships. ÒIt feels amazing to have won this with my best friends,Ó she said of the world championship win. ÒItÕs surreal and hasnÕt sunk in yet." Fay was also awarded the competition's female sportsmanship award, an honour which is peer-voted. Photo by Marissa Tiel
Seventeen-year-old Mary Fay of Chester, Nova Scotia has had an amazing year. As skip for the Canadian mixed doubles curling team at the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, she won gold and followed it up last weekend by winning the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships. “It feels amazing to have won this with my best friends,” she said of the world championship win. “It’s surreal and hasn’t sunk in yet.” Fay was also awarded the competition’s female sportsmanship award, an honour which is peer-voted. Photo by Marissa Tiel

Thank you to the World Curling Federation for this great experience!

 

Therapy Dog

Published in the March 3 issue of the Pioneer.

When Santo enters a room, all eyes are on him. He immediately becomes the most important presence.

The nine-year-old golden labrador retriever is a therapy dog with St. John Ambulance and on this mild Monday morning, he is making the rounds of Westgate Lodge, a long-term care facility. (more…)

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