There’s a first time for everything

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By Jessica Veatch

Okay. So I thought that running in 5K races was going to be the only thing I did for the first time this year.
I completed my first one in Campbellsville in July and my second one, the Pokey Pig, at Ham Days.
Did I do great?
No not great, but I finished and I was happy with that.
As I look back, I also recall watching my 18-month-old daughter, Karli, take her first steps and being a member of the Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church co-ed softball team that won both the league and tournament championships in Bradfordsville, something that hadn’t been done up until this year.
However, several firsts have happened in my life since my husband, Josh, and I took the sports correspondents job at The Lebanon Enterprise just three weeks ago.
To start, I am now writing about sports for the first time. I have played sports since I was 9 years old and attended many sporting events over the years, but not once have I actually sat down and wrote about the sport I played or what event I watched.
To be honest, I never thought I would. When I accepted the job, some people thought that I was the first woman to ever write for The Lebanon Enterprise.
However, through Josh’s sports history project, we have learned that there was at least one other woman who wrote her perspective on Marion County sports, Wanda Ballard, who held this job in the early 1980s. So, I am not the first woman sports writer, but the first woman sports writer in more than 20 years. But, as far as we know, we are the first husband/wife combination to take on this challenge.
Not only am I writing about sports, I am shooting the pictures that add to each story for the first time.
Sure, I have taken thousands of pictures in my lifetime, but most of which were taken with a simple throw away camera or my latest camera, the Nikon COOLPIX.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing against taking pictures with these types of cameras. But, I now have to trade those in for a Canon 40D with a huge lens that requires me to have the correct focus, shutter speed, amount of light, and constant clicking of my right pointer finger just to capture that perfect shot at the exact time.
And, you guessed it.
I am using this type of camera for the first time.
Thanks to a little help from Jesse Osbourne and Stephen Lega, I feel that I am catching the types of shots that capture everybody’s attention as they look at each issue of the sports section.  
If I haven’t done that for you yet, keep reading each week and I promise that I will get better.
I have absolutely loved shooting the pictures at each sporting event that I have attended and I look forward to taking many, many more.
Finally, being a sports correspondent has meant going to games not as a fan (definitely a first!), but as someone who is required to fill space in a weekly sports section.
It has certainly been different, as I am now watching each game from a different perspective, no longer in the stands cheering the team on but on the sidelines with my camera to my eye, waiting on the perfect shot.
It has taken some adjustment, as I sometimes catch myself with my camera down, watching the game wide-eyed, silently cheering the Marion County teams on, but it is something I am getting used to.  
I am glad I have this opportunity and I plan to make the most of it.