Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens
March 11, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Judy Teasdale, a rugby photographer from the Cowichan Valley, is looking for support in achieving her goal of attending the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in Moscow, June 28-30, 2013. She has put together a Go Fund Me page if you are interested in helping her out. Below is a little bio on Judy.
My love of rugby came from an early age when I use to go to local games at the Cowichan Rugby Club. After I moved to Edmonton I happened upon the Clansmen Rugby Club and decided to check it out. I was training that day and playing that weekend.
I played with the Clanswomen for a couple of years before I moved back to BC, where I suited up for 3 different clubs, the Nanaimo Hurricanes, UBC Old Girl Ravens and finally back at Cowichan Rugby Club.
My playing days ended in 2007 due to a shoulder injury and that is when I picked up my camera and haven’t looked back.
When I started out no one really knew who I was and I didn’t know who all the players were. I would cover all the local teams on the South Island and would also find out when National camps were taking place and cover them as well.
Slowly, through putting my photos on Facebook, people started to recognize me and I began to learn the player’s names and teams. I started my own Facebook page, Judy Teasdale Photography, and it has now grown to over 1000 likes. I was excited when I had 100 likes but 1000 has been humbling to say the least.
I am very passionate about the sport of Rugby, often spending 12 hour days shooting and editing photos. I have been fortunate to cover the Las Vegas 7’s and also travelled to Cuba and Trinidad/Tobago with the Dog River Howlers for their tour. I seriously love this game!
I love both 7s and 15s, and due to the expense wasn’t able to make it to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand but have set my next goal to attend the Ruby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia.
It has been a hard road trying to make a go of rugby photography and I don’t know of anyone else in Western Canada that is doing what I am doing. I have been fortunate to make my passion and dream into my job, it doesn’t pay much but it’s getting there. Unfortunately travel is expensive and I am paying for it out of my pocket so now I am asking for your support in helping me fulfill my next rugby adventure. If you would like to support me please visit my Go Fund Me page.