230-365 Year3 Tommy Godwin Is Stranger #100
Image by johngarghan
Take a photo every day in 2011
I wanted Stranger number 100 to be special and Tommy is very special. It began almost a year to the day when Sean Meets my Flickr contact in South Africa contacted me and asked me to find Tommy because as Sean said “he is a living God and lives in Birmingham”. Tommy is a proud Olympian having two Cycling Bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics in London for the 1km Time Trial and the Team Pursuit, he dominated the sport in the 1940s and 50s and then went on to manage the British Olympic team. Tommy is an Ambassador for the Olympic Games when they return to London next year, and this is one of the reasons its taken so long to organise the photo shoot he has a full diary that takes him all over the country.
I spent an amazing afternoon with Tommy he showed me his medals, his photographs and told me about his races abroad representing his country in the Olympics and Empire Games. Now when we talk about the Empire Games you realised that Tommy is 90, going on 50, he is extremely fit, and mentally alert, in the 3 hours I was with him only once did he have to stop and recollect his thoughts and he moved around without the slightest sign of an ache or stiffness. He has been advised that riding his bike on the modern roads would be too dangerous but here he is on the bike he used going round that track at the Olympics