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Amy the sled racer

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Amy Boyd, 25, from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, has been sled racing for three years and was in Beausejour for the 52nd Annual Power Toboggan Championships on March 1 and 2nd.

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Amy Boyd, 25, from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, has been sled racing for three years and was in Beausejour for the 52nd Annual Power Toboggan Championships on March 1 and 2nd.

On Sunday I was sent to Beausejour, MB to get a photograph at the 52nd Annual Power Toboggan Championships. I got there later than I had planned, but was still able to take a few minutes to walk down the pit area and watch the various teams work on their sleds.

Lots of noise, and colourful outerwear.

I noticed that there were a few women on the teams, but none seemed to be dressed to race any of the sleds. I grew curious about the idea that there were few women racers and I wandered around until I found Amy. She had a racing number on her back.

I thought I would ask if I could take a photo and have a chat. Turns out she is from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and has been sled racing for three years.

What does it take to be a good sled racer? "Fearlessness, courage and grit. You have to really really want to win regardless. Fearlessness is the biggest thing."

What kind of advice would you give other women who would like to race? "To go for it. A lot of women stand on the sideline and say 'I could do that,' they should get on, because it's a blast. If you like speed, it comes naturally. If the sleds are set up right, it's not that hard to do. It's a blast."

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About Mike Deal

After freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press for three years, starting in 1997, Mike Deal landed a part-time job as a night photodesk editor.

His first day in the new position was supposed to be September 12, 2001. But when he woke to the news of the two towers on September 11, he automatically headed into the newsroom.

For the next few years, he split his hours at the Winnipeg Free Press between photo editing and photography. In 2008, Mike was hired full-time as a photojournalist.

Mike’s training includes a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. He also spent time at the University of Manitoba, working at the Manitoban and the U of M photo club and taking fine art courses.

Having also just finished shooting a personal project that involved taking 2,013 portraits using just his iPhone in the year 2013, he looks forward to taking the portrait project concept to another level. He will NOT be shooting 2,014 in 2014! Don't be surprised if he stops you in the street and demands a moment of your time. You have been warned!

Another personal passion of his is street photography, capturing the people of Winnipeg amongst the beautiful architecture of its downtown.

In his off-hours Mike enjoys taking photos with his iPhone, walks in Assiniboine Forest, and spending his free time with his partner Ariel and daughter Anna.

 

"I go to the street for the education of my eye and for the sustenance that the eye needs - the hungry eye, and my eye is hungry."    -Walker Evans

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