A carefully considered piece of journalism from OregonLive that is both moving and inspiring, and tells a gentle story with considerable dignity. This is the type of ‘celebration of the ordinary’ that is so compelling for me, capturing one of the little moments in life that are fleeting, but so resonant.

“Don’t judge me on my speech impediment, don’t judge me on my deficiency of motor skills……………………………………..just judge me as I am”

Moment between teenage opponents remind us why sport matters (photo essay and video)


Davan Overton © Jamie Francis/The Oregonian
Davan Overton © Jamie Francis/The Oregonian

John MacPherson was born and lives in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as an Instructor for Skiers with disabilities, been a canoe instructor, and tutor of night classes in carpentry, stained glass design and manufacture, and archery. He has travelled extensively on various continents, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, trapped in a mobile home by a tornado, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years. He teaches photography and acts as a photography guide & tutor in the UK and abroad. His biggest challenge is keeping his 27 year old Land Rover 110 on the road. He loves telling and hearing stories.

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