Over spring break, Glacier Bears swim coach, Malwina Bukszowana, took a group of athletes down to Arizona for a warm-weather training camp at a 50-metre outdoor pool.
The swimming pool in Whitehorse, while awesome, big and bright, is only 25 metres, which makes it really hard for athletes to train for 50m races, because as Malwina says, the best way to practise to race 50m is to train in a 50m pool.
So the kids got this block of training in Arizona and then tested out what they learned at a meet in Alberta on their way back to Whitehorse.
Since lighting in many pools is awful, I opted to shoot portraits of the swimmers instead of using supplied photos.
I wanted to capture a bit of the grit it takes to race at the end of a hard training block.
We stuck to the edge of the pool, so my flash was able to reach and not get wet. I also busted out the 100mm 2.8, which I haven’t actually used in ages.
Here are a few of the portraits: