My little brother, Curtis Moss, has been competing in javelin since he was in high school with a goal to get himself to the Olympics. This is no small feat when you’re expected to balance work, schooling, and find a way to pay for all of the traveling you have to do for competition. Despite all of those challenges (and many others along the way), a few weeks ago, he was in Calgary and he had one, last chance to throw the javelin far enough to qualify to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games and represent Canada. Much of our family made a trek out to go see him live and those of us who couldn’t go hunkered around our computers to watch online. Unfortunately the feed didn’t work but we got the news quickly via text message and he DID IT!!!!
It’s so unreal to see someone you grew up with achieve such a huge goal. My heart is filled with pride and I find his entire journey very inspirational. When I look at all the things that helped him get to this point I see none of it was by chance. Curtis has a variety of qualities that brought him to where he is. He is loyal, determined, focused and driven. He knows which people will give him strength in which area of his journey, and he lets them help where they can.
He will be throwing the javelin for Canada on August 8th and 11th and it should be televised so keep an eye out for him! In the meantime, I went to watch him throw in Coquitlam the other day and had a great time watching him do his thing! Then on Friday he came over and we did a fun session in the studio so I could create some Joel Grimes inspired images (see the images near the end of this post)
Curtis, you are making all of us so very proud! I know that you will do very well in London and I can’t wait to see my little baby brother on TV! You are and inspiration to all of us and I hope you know that those of us who can’t make it to London will be glued to the TV when you are throwing and we’ll be doing your special “clap” as you run down the track!
Of course he would get stuck in traffic and show up late, but his coach (orange shirt) laughed it off with him and he got into a quick warm up on the sidelines!
A little more warm up (and in one of these it appears he does an Irish jig haha! I am a big sister I have to pick on him a little) and he’s ready for his first throw!
Throwface is serious. HAHA!
Apparently all javelin throwers are really serious about the throwface too! Cracks me up!
I love the shot of Curtis with his longtime coach Don Steen who has been there for him every step of the way and will be at the events in London to cheer him on too. The last image is a large part of Curtis’ “fan club” who try to go to any meets they can and all of these people have contributed to his success in their own way: his cousin makes the “lucky cookies” (these are also Mr. Steen’s form of payment), his mom does…well…everything like any other mom, his girlfriend is there helping him get ready to go, making sure he packs the right things, and making sure he remembers to have fun along the way, family friends make T-shirts and signs, other friends bring snacks and drinks. Most importantly we all love Curtis and we just love seeing him succeed with this!
And finally, here are the images I came up with when he came over on Friday (my birthday) for his photoshoot in my studio!
For this one, I added some fake sweat which meant I got to spray him with water and glycerin right in the face. For the record? As a big sister of 3 boys? This felt like pretty awesome payback to me hahaha!
GO CURTIS GO!!!!!