Last Sunday passed like many of my other Sundays. I spent the day shooting Triathlon.
This day was a touch different. It marked a special anniversary.
30 years ago I walked through an invisible door. On the other side of the door was the 1988 Nepean Triathlon.
This was my first photo. Nick Croft. I wont even try to estimate the number of pics I have taken since then.
I walked into a sport and lifestyle that has defined my life and career.
I've seen boys grow into men, girls into women. I now photograph the competing Tri-children of those same Triathletes.
I've seen the sport grow from a health activity into an Olympic sport. I am also proud to have photographed a sport that practised gender equality from Day 1. Equal prizemoney and equality for females. Today Triathlon is the only Olympic sport lead by a female, Marisol Casado.
On calculating averages and adding the days together, I have spent approximately 6 actual years of my life committed to being at a Triathlon. Around 2000 days.
I have travelled to over 35 countries around the world. I have a family of Tri-friends in just about every country around the world. I have dined with royalty, Kings Queens Princes and Princesses. I have been the best man to Triathlete’s weddings, godfather to their children, and there isn't a country on this planet where I couldn't call on a friend for anything.
I have photographed, partied, celebrated, laughed, cried and grown older with Olympic Champions, World Champions, Australian Champions, and the greatest frickin bunch of athletes in the sporting world.
There is a belongingness, a familyness, and a basic love and care by all for all in the sport.
Triathlon Photography is my Ikigai. My 'purpose in life', the reason why I get out of bed each Sunday.