Jane and Amelie playing netball

March 03, 2016

Some 10 years ago I photographed Jane and Shane's wedding on a beautiful day in Sydney. Since their wedding two lovely daughter's are now part of the Langof family.

I have been privileged to have been asked to photograph Jane and Shane's family on several occasions since their wedding and at the past shoot in October 2015 I discussed the new project that I was going to launch in 2016. 

Our first plan was to photograph Jane and Amelie around her piano lesson which was a great idea. Jane said that she spends many hours every week encouraging and supporting her daughter with her piano lessons. However there was a bigger story to tell about netball. Jane's story can be read below.

 

 

Australian culture is so much about the love of sport. However as the daughter of migrant parents, being a high academic achiever was the only focus in life, and sport was seen as unimportant. So I ended up being the slowest runner at school, and couldn’t catch a ball. I felt quite hopeless and frankly too embarrassed to participate in any school sports. Fast forward a few decades to having children of my own and I vowed that what I experienced on the sporting field would never happen to my kids. As soon as the opportunity arose Amelia was signed up for netball. After watching a few games, I started to understand the rules for the first time, and eventually became rather obsessed with the sport, learning what I could from the internet. One day at the girls’ coaching session a parent was needed to make up a team for a game, so I volunteered, and let’s just say I took things a little too seriously. At that point I realised I needed to join a netball team, and called the local club. Most of the players had years of experience as youngsters, so I was way behind, and to make up for missed time began playing in three comps a week and started coaching Amelia’s team. I feel lucky to have finally discovered a love of competitive sport, and to share this experience with Amelia. When my daughters grow up, I hope to be fit enough so that we can play in a netball team together!

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