It’s been a super-intense week of racing action — and I’m not even talking about how hard the athletes went during the three days of Super League Hamilton Island.
As part of the small but agile team running the show, I was tasked with ensuring we had high-quality content going up on the website and timely press releases going out to media. I also got tasked with odd jobs, like manning the VIP reception desk and putting together research about athletes and special guests for use on the television broadcast. It was a huge undertaking for all involved in its many different aspects, so we are super pleased that Super League Hamilton Island was as successful as it was.
A lot of my work was done off-cam because the athletes are the stars of this show, and I hope that the broadcasts really allowed them to shine through. They are all pretty awesome at what they do, and it’s high-time triathlon gave them the status and attention they deserve as the best in our sport.
Despite the haggard days and the short nights of sleep we had, it was the opportunity of a lifetime to have a front-row seat to triathlon history in the making, and hopefully a brighter future for the sport we all love and its professional athletes.
Here are a few of my photos from the week that was. I still don’t have the words to talk about what happened and all the highs and lows we went through. People kept asking me if it was a fun job, and I had to answer, “It’s like doing an ironman. You never really have ‘fun’ while you’re grinding through, but all the joy floods in when you’re done.”
That doesn’t mean it was always all hard work. I always made sure to take time to appreciate where I was and the magnitude of what we were doing.
I also met great new people and am just amazed how this sport and Super League Triathlon has allowed me to broaden my horizons. With the reception we had for the event and the broadcast this weekend I really hope Super League Triathlon can continue to grow and pick up momentum.
I’ll be back in Manila near the end of this week. It will be so good to come home and get back to some proper training and not be so full-on with Super League Triathlon work like I’ve been for the past few months, but at the same time I know this is only the beginning. And that’s a good thing.