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PHOTOS: City photographer gives young athletes a chance to shine

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Over the past year, Sarnia photographer Bruce Smith has taken Journal readers from the sidelines to the finish lines at dozens of sporting events.

He hunts constantly for the perfect shot.

Journee Joseph gets a joyous bear hug from Coach James Grant after the Lambton Lions pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory to secure a playoff spot at the Sarnia campus on Feb. 1.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

“To me, it’s almost that analogy of catching the big fish, when you’ve got that shot that captures the moment or tells the story, he said. “I’ve always had that (drive).”

Smith was 14 when he got interested in shooting pictures and soon had his own darkroom.

At McMaster University, he recorded images for the school newspaper, “The Silhoutte,” and that experience inspired him to study photography at Fanshawe College the next year.

Smith, who works in IT, has assembled a dazzling collection of fireworks photos but sports remain the big attraction.

His favourites, he said, are basketball in winter and track and field meets in spring, when hundreds of athletes gather to compete in dozens of events, often at the same time.

“The good thing about track is there’s always something going on. The bad thing about track is there’s always something going on,” he said.

While he’s done work for Hockey Canada, it’s amateur away from the limelight who most interest him.

“I do like to see the young local athletes shine in the paper,” he said. “It gives me the opportunity to work on and share my art.”

Presented here are some of Bruce Smith’s top sports photos from 2019.

Ashlee Blackburn of St. Patrick’s dives to return a serve during the junior girls’ AAA Southwestern Ontario high school volleyball championships on Feb. 22.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal
Northern Collegiate’s Matt Davies, left, won 100m dash gold in a photo finish at the Lambton-Kent track and field championships on May 14. Challenging him here are Luc Lacriox, centre, of St. Patrick’s and Northern’s and Cory Smith.
Bruce Smith, Special to the Journal.
St Patrick’s High School senior girls’ basketball teammates Jayden Larocque, left, and Layla Mackenzie, right, scramble for a loose ball in a game against the Wallaceburg Tartans on Oct. 8.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal
Tyler Storie of the Sarnia Imperials scampers downfield for a 90-yard touchdown in a home field victory over the Steel City Patriots at Norm Perry Park on June 29.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal
Fielder Paul Sheeler of the new Lambton Lions baseball team slides to beat the throw home and scores a run in the Lions’ OCAA Men’s Baseball League home opener at the newly renovated Stan Slack Field on Sept. 15.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

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