first_imgWhen his camera crashed to the ground this morning Michael probably questioned exactly why he was taking photos of touch players in the middle of a storm (especially when you consider the fact the camera is part of the $35,000 worth of equipment that he brings to a tournament). Michael Broadbent has been taking photos of touch football events since 1994, but has no hesitation in praising the events, the players and the people involved. “Both at a state and national level the people and events are as good as any that I work with. The players and officials have a great attitude and there is a real community sense about the sport, especially compared to some other sports,” he said. Broady (as we all affectionately know him) has been a photographer since he was 18 years old and together with business partner Duane Hart, established the company Sporting Images Australia. Sporting Images now have three office staff, another four photographers and shoot every major touch tournament in Australia, as well as traveling with ATA to overseas events. “We work at around 13 touch tournaments each year, including National tournaments like NTL’s and Australia Cup, as well as State events,” he said. The marvels of technology and `military precision’ (as Broady describes) allow him and his team to take team photos, produce the photos and ship them back to the tournament before its conclusion. With around 2000 being the average number of photos taken each tournament Broady definitely works hard for touch. Having traveled to New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Jersey Isles, England and Japan, Broady has certainly scored trips away some people can only dream of. “The 2003 World Cup in Japan was absolutely awesome, definitely my touch highlight, I loved the culture there,” he said. Combined with the relationships and camaraderie it makes touch a very enjoyable working experience. “Some of my best friends are people that I’ve met through touch. How can you go past Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open Coach) trying to change the tv channel with her mobile phone?” Broady said. “But seriously, we do really enjoy taking good action pictures of people we know and the touch community.” “We enjoy showing the face of touch to the world through our photos and especially taking pictures of touch legends that have passed on and people will always see and remember.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img