Aberystwyth Town would like to Congratulate photographer Chris Howells on winning the 2016-17 Welsh Premier Women’s League Photo of the Season, writes Steven Brookes.
The award was collected by Aber Ladies’ Sian Evans but Chris has since spoken about the photo.
“I remember taking the photo because we were all laughing at Siani, it may sound cruel but she is quite accident prone, but for a few seconds she didn't come back up and then I started to think she was hurt. But of course, Siani is a force of nature.”
“I was shocked when I had the email about the photo, because I had no idea there was even a competition and at that time I didn't even know what photo was up for nomination. I finally saw it on Twitter because Lucy Hughes had kindly shared it with the team to vote on.I was surprised when it won because at least two of the other photos had goal celebrations and usually those are the photos that appeal.”
So, what did Sian think when she first saw the photo?
“I laughed so much and I was glad he caught the moment. When it won I was so glad for Chris because he deserves it! The photo had so much support on Twitter, everybody loved it. It wasn't a huge shock that it won.”
Chris isn’t just the team’s photographer. He is also a huge supporter of the Women’s team and has followed them for many years.
“Chris is a huge part of Aber Town Ladies, it was a shame too lose him as our secretary but he still supports us as much as he can. Chris's skills with that camera is amazing, it’s so nice to have our memories as a team on paper, the good and the bad” Sian explained. “Thanks for everything Chris, keep the photos coming and I’ll supply the entertainment!”
The team clearly means a lot to Chris and he regularly talks about his admiration for the team.
“Where do I start with Aber Ladies? They have been out there working hard for nearly 2 decades, people don't realise a lot of the team have been playing since they were young girls and I have nothing but admiration for them. They don't dive or playact, just get on with the game and remember they travel from one end of Wales to the other, from Rhyl to Cardiff on a Sunday when most people are having a day off."
I just love their heart, the fact they play for the club, for themselves and for each other, what more can be asked of any team. They were relegated this year, but there is no resignation, no giving up and after being part of the team for over ten years I have absolutely no doubts that they will make it.”
The club would like to thank Chris for all his hard work and his support and we are looking forward to seeing his fantastic photos again next season.