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Preston student living life on the ice with sports photo dream

Posted on - 23rd February, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News, University campus
Tom in action at the VoIP World Junior Curling Championships 2017
Tom in action at the VoIP World Junior Curling Championships 2017

A chilly grip on a camera lens is a dream come true for one Preston student.

Tom Rowland has spent a fortnight in South Korea covering the world junior curling championships.

The 19-year-old, who is training to be a sports photographer, was on the ice in Gangneung.

He said: “This is giving me the experience of what is expected of being a media photographer, when images need to be turned over quickly and handed to the rest of the team so the images can be published.

“I’ve met some incredible people and I’m working with an amazing experienced team who are helping me along the journey. So far it has been an amazing experience and I have learnt and developed new skills.”

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Tom, who attended St George’s High School and Blackpool Sixth Form, but now studies at the University of Central Lancashire, is keeping a blog about his experience of the two week championship.

His photography course leader Jonathan Purcell said: “We are pleased that he is able to demonstrate his photographic awareness at this international competition. Tom will gather a huge amount of creative and practical experience and we hope that this will support his future aspirations. Once Tom is back in the UK we look forward to Tom telling us more about his experiences in South Korea.”

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