Rugby Canada is pleased to announce that Judy Teasdale will now be acting as the lead photographer for the organization.
In this role, Judy will act as the official photographer for Rugby Canada as well as take the lead in Rugby Canada's photography department. In leading the photography department, Judy will be the main point of contact for all photographic needs that includes building and managing Rugby Canada's photographer team, assigning photographers to events across the country and around the world, and building, labelling and managing our photo archives.
"To be able to bring in someone who has a passion for both the sport and the medium of photography is ideal for Rugby Canada," said CEO of Rugby Canada, Graham Brown. "Judy has been working with Rugby Canada for a while and I have no doubt that she is going to be a great asset to us in this role."
Judy has been one of Rugby Canada's go-to photographers, and primary photographer for Western Canada, over the past few years. Located in Victoria, BC, she has covered both Rugby Canada as well as club teams all over Vancouver Island. She has followed our national teams both nationally as well as internationally, shooting most recently the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association 7s Championship in Nepean, ON and abroad at events like the Las Vegas 7s, the Edinburgh 7s and the 2011 Churchill Cup.
Judy has not just experienced rugby behind a lens as her passion for rugby photography started off as a passion for playing the sport. She originally began playing rugby on a club level in Edmonton, AB, suiting up for the Edmonton Clan. She has also represented the Nanaimo Hurricanes, UBCOB Ravens and her hometown club, Cowichan.
Her playing career took an abrupt halt, however, when in 2008 she was forced to hang up her cleats after undergoing shoulder surgery. Wanting to stay amongst the rugby community, she decided the best way to do it was photography and that is how she has ended up where she is today.
Judy‚s love of the game and drive to showcase rugby as well as the great players that call Canada home is why Rugby Canada has selected her to be the lead photographer for the organization and what makes Rugby Canada feel she is going to be successful in that role.
"Working with Judy during my time at Rugby Canada and seeing her work, I am confident she will be able to take our photography to the next level," said Pat Craven of Rugby Canada's Communication Department. "We want to be able to allow Canadian rugby fans, and rugby fans all over the world, to see the work our photographers produce, and I think having Judy on board is going to move us forward with that goal."
With the game growing, and now with 7s apart of the 2016 Olympics, it is exciting to be able to further expand our communications team and make the connection between fans and players that much stronger. Rugby Canada wishes Judy good luck in her new role and looks forward to working with her in the future.
To see Judy's work check her out on:
Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/judyteasdale/
Facebook Page - "Judy Teasdale Photography" https://www.facebook.com/pages/Judy-Teasdale-Photography/246120232109295
Twitter - @judes_photo