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GSF360 | Benji’s Goal

Posted November 23, 2018 by in

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GSF360 | Benji’s Goal

Produced by: Alforde Joaquin

by: Pranav Iyer
Benji and Connor Nordell are senior water polo players at Hillsdale High School. Despite Benji having Down Syndrome, the inseparable twins have played on the same sports teams throughout their upbringing, from Pop Warner to Little League and now as faces of the Knights water polo team. Connor is one of the stars of the team, as he was awarded PAL Bay Division 2nd Team All-League this season. Benji, on the other hand, had not made an appearance in a game his entire career. That is until one special moment on senior night with his brother right by his side. GSF 360 | Benji’s Goal documents Benji’s big moment and the impact he has had on his family, team and the Hillsdale community.

Special Thanks: Nordell Family, Hillsdale High School, Coach Dan Hibson, Hillsdale Knight Water Polo, Menlo-Atherton Water Polo and the Peninsula Athletic League

GSF Receives Two First Place Awards

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by: Pranav Iyer

The GetSportsFocus team has received a couple of first place awards as part of the San Francisco Press Club 2018 Journalism Awards that were announced on Nov. 15. The Gilroy Wrestling Documentary that was published in Dec. 2017 grabbed top honors in both the ‘Digital Media, Sports Feature’ and ‘Digital Media, Videography’ categories.

“This is a huge accomplishment for GetSportsFocus,” GSF Executive Producer Alforde Joaquin said. “There are so many creative people out there and to receive two first place awards is pretty cool. I want to thank everyone who’s supported GSF and have done work for and with GSF. We do want to grow and expand and this award is just proof that we are worth investing in. I believe that we are consistently putting out quality work and we are proud to represent our sponsors in the most professional way we can.”

The six-part, 138-minute long documentary that was filmed, edited and produced by Joaquin documents the journey of four outstanding wrestlers from Gilroy High School: Victor Olmos, Paul Fox, Nikko Villarreal and Isaiah Locsin. Filming for the documentary spanned across five years, from 2011 to 2016, as it chronologically displays the growth and maturation of these athletes through wrestling. This documentary is the longest production in GSF history and portrays the unique culture of a program that has won 16 straight CCS titles as well as shows the trials and tribulations that were overcome en route to personal and dynastic success.

“I am not surprised that the work of GetSportsFocus was recognized by this truly prestigious award,” Gilroy HS principal and wrestling coach Marco Sanchez responded to the SFPC award announcement. “GSF did an amazing job of capturing the experience of wrestling in a high-level program like Gilroy High School. [Joaquin] did an exceptional job with both interviews and filming over an extended period of time. GetSportsFocus is truly exceptional and deserving of this award.”

The award-winning documentary can be viewed on the GetSportsFocus website at the link provided below: http://getsportsfocus.com/High_School-detail/gsf360-gilroy-wrestling-documentary-produced-by-alforde-joaquin/

The Gilroy Wrestling Documentary is part of a long list of GSF 360 features. Joaquin’s favorite GSF 360 segments are the ones that have had a significant impact on organizations, individuals and teams, such as Fight: The Antonio Garcia Story, Maurice Washington III and Serra Padres Football: “Team of Never”.

While this is the biggest award for GSF team in its eight-year history, it is not the first award for Joaquin in his long-running career in multimedia journalism. Before founding GSF, he worked for six years at KICU 36. During his time there, he racked up numerous accolades including being nominated the illustrious Edward R. Murrow Video Journalist national award as well as being a recipient of six Emmy Awards in six different categories (Directing, Videography, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sports Feature and Sports Documentary). He also won two awards for Sports Feature and Videography from the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association.

GSF would like to thank its sponsors Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, Top Flight Elite Basketball, Sirious Baseball, Fact Fitness, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, First Place Inc. and WARCAT Strength as well as the GSF fanbase for their continued support and encouragement that allows for the continued production of integrous and meaningful journalistic content. The mission of GSF is to continue to give proper exposure to high school student-athletes in the Greater Bay Area and give opportunities to students aspiring to get into the media or broadcasting world.


About the Author

Alforde Joaquin

ALF’s passion for shooting and editing has earned him several awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award for videography. He recently received two first place awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association in the Digital Media Sports Feature and Sports Videography categories. A 6-time Emmy recipient in five different categories: Director/Producer, Videography, Editing, Feature Segment and Sound Mixing, Alf has produced over 3,000+ video segments including several award winning documentaries and features.