Brent Hayden’s photography subject of solo art show

Mission’s Olympic bronze-medal-winning swimmer is a man of many talents.

Brent Hayden is a man of many talents.

The Olympic bronze-medal-winning swimmer is set to hold a solo exhibition of his photography at the Rock Family Gallery (33529 First Ave.) in Mission from June 19 to July 7.

An artist’s reception is set for June 23 from 1-4 p.m.

The exhibit is titled Time In Frames.

Hayden was raised in Mission and is the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, and 2007 World Champion, in the 100-metre freestyle swim.

He began his swimming career with the Mission Marlins Swim Club before moving to Vancouver in 2001.

He represented Canada for a decade, which included three Olympics, and is still the fastest swimmer in Canadian history.

“There is a moment just before the referee blows his whistle, while the crowd is going crazy, I stare down my lane towards the wall at the other end. The noise of the crowd is drowned out by the sound of my own breath and heartbeat. For a moment, my world is still, this is where I feel the most alive,” Hayden wrote.

“My goal is to capture this moment in my photography. When you look into my images, I hope you can hear your own heart beating.”

The photo exhibition, which is presented by the Mission Arts Council, is open to everyone. Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit missionartscouncil.ca.

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