Behind The Ball
I’ve always found the greatest part about playing soccer is the people I meet. Today this belief is stronger than ever. The relationships I’ve formed through soccer are by far the most invaluable things I have gained from being part of multiple teams around the world. My fate, like many others, has been largely guided by “the beautiful game,” a sport that has taken me around the world and led me on some of the greatest adventures of my life.
I’ve been a teammate to some amazing humans over the years and each of these people has brought something different into my life, whether it be friendship, humor, diversity, competition, challenge, or all of these things and more. I’m so grateful for the people who I’ve met that force me to grow and become a better person. I’m always learning from my teammates and I like to think they are learning from me, too. I’m fully aware of how foreign I am to some people and I absolutely embrace and enjoy finding the humor in being different. I’m proud to be from New Zealand, a small and beautiful country that sits deep in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
Coming to Boston only a few months ago I entered a locker room full of strangers. Today I interact with these people like I’ve known them for years. Perhaps I get comfortable a little too quickly but it’s hard not to when we’re together everyday experiencing the great ups and downs of a sporting career together as one team.
In the spirit of getting to know one another I asked a handful of the Boston Breakers players some simple questions to learn more about them
as individuals. I asked these questions while I simultaneously took portrait photographs. This was an attempt to capture the natural emotion and rawness in their answers. It’s important to remember where we come from and the roads we have taken to get where we are because that’s what defines us in the present. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has their quirks, everyone has their strengths, and everyone certainly has their weaknesses. I think it’s important to enjoy the humanity and the realness that lies behind brilliant soccer players because that’s what connects us and that’s what we really remember.