Brussels Diamond League 2015

September 24, 2015

For the final leg of our trip to Ireland it was off to Brussels, Belgium. Not only was it Daddy’s last meet for the 2015 track season, but it was also the last Diamond League meet for the year. There we got to do a little city dining and exploring while catching up with none other than our favorite British manny, Alex. Some of you may remember Alex who stayed with us for 3 weeks back in May. Alex thought he was here interning with The Husband’s company, and he was, but not until his arrival did he realize the added “perk” of his internship was providing childcare assistance for the bosses wife, i.e. me. Not only did Alex learn a lot about the business of track & field, but he also became an expert stroller pusher and all round toddler entertainer. In Brussels however, he was there as part of the media team covering the meet. But since it was an evening meet, that meant his morning and afternoon were free, free to step back in his true passion of manny’ing my kids : )

A fabulous day in Brussels meant an al fresco brunch.

After brunch it was off to find a park.

Lots of pedestrian streets, which was a good thing since this guy was showing no interest in remaining in the stroller.

Don’t ask me what this fabulous building was, I have no idea, but it overlooked a small park we stumbled across.

It also had a sizable water feature.

There’s Keane and Alex.

Cullen is desperately looking for fish.

A game of “tag” in action.

Off for a wander.

The boys running through a small maze.

Stroller pushing duties resumed as we head back to our hotel for a nap ahead of the evening’s track meet.

The warm-up track adjacent to the stadium. Being here was a little stressful. As a former athlete I know how intense and focused these athletes need to be as they warm-up to compete, and I was terrified my overly excited, over energized boys would run out in front of one of the athletes as the practiced their starts of something. So I only captured a couple of shots of the lads so I could focus on making sure they stayed out of the way.

I did manage to get a couple of sneaky shots of Allison Felix and she warmed up in the blocks ahead of he women’s 200m.

On our way into the stadium we passed the men competing in the 100m as they headed to the call-room.

Inside the stadium.

YAY! One big happy track family.

First event was the men’s 400m hurdles and in lane 1 was Irish athlete and national record holder Thomas Barr.

The winner Jeffery Gibson.

Men’s 100m.

Won by the controversial Justin Gatlin. Not being a big fan of his I was disappointed with his victory.

A disappointing 5th place finish for Asafa Powell.

Ugh! Gatlin again.

Back in the stands and Cullen is using his foam cheering wand to hit his brother on the head.

The women’s 200m won by the amazing Dafne Schippers, beating the race favorite Allison Felix

The crowd and this little guy went crazy cheering during the women’s 200m.

And if it looks like Dafne was smiling up at us after her victory, well, she kind of was. Her sister was sitting behind us in the stands.

The proud sister.

Who was cool enough to engage in a little wand and cup hockey with Keane between events.

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