Thank you to everyone who entered #IronQuest ‘Travel and Vacations’ last month! It was great to see all of the vizzes highlighting beautiful destinations around the world. It’s certainly given me plenty of travel inspiration for when global travel is more accessible. Look out for the wrap-up post which will be published soon!

As we move into Autumn (in the UK at least), I’m excited to announce our 6th project of the year. Given that we only ran six projects for the whole of 2020, I’m excited to see how many we’re getting through this time around. Hopefully, we’ll have time to squeeze in another one or two topics before the end of the year! Thank you to all of our committed participants. You inspire us every month with your incredible vizzes!

I’m particularly excited this month as we have another community project collaboration for you; our third this year! For September/October, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with the #SportsVizSunday team to visualise ‘Sporting Heroes & Legends!

What is #SportsVizSunday?

Sports Viz Sunday is a community initiative to encourage the creation and sharing of sports-themed visualizations, run by Simon Beaumont, Kate Brown & Spencer Baucke.

Sports Viz Sunday provides a platform for those interested in sports to come together and explore the world of sports data & visualization. The team do this by hosting a monthly visualisation challenge based on a topical sports theme, regularly sharing updates and highlighting vizzes from the sports visualization world & providing rich datasets across a wide range of sports.

Try searching the #SportsVizSunday hashtag on Tableau Public or Twitter for some inspiration, or check out their website.

Sporting Heroes & Legends

There is always one athlete whose name becomes an identity for the sport. That’s when you know they have achieved something really great. Everyone has their favourite sporting hero or legend. Perhaps it’s someone that dominated your favourite sport as a child, or maybe it’s someone who’s the reigning GOAT.

This month we’re inviting you to create a viz dedicated to your favourite sporting hero or legend. Regardless of who you pick, a viz is a great way to honour your favourite athletes and showcase their talents.

Below are some inspirational vizzes that focus on sporting heroes and legends for inspiration.

Click on any of the viz images to view on Tableau Public.

Serena Williams Wimbledon 2016 by CJ Mayes

Ten Seconds of Glory by Ryan Soares

Kobe Bryant by Jeff Plattner

Alan Shearer by Simon Beaumont

Nigel Mansell by Mateusz Karmalski

How to Enter

The process is simple:

  • Source your data and build a viz that somehow touches upon the chosen theme for the month.
  • Upload your viz to Tableau Public or somewhere where it can be openly viewed online.
  • Fill in the submissions forms (embedded at the bottom of this post) so we can keep track of who is participating. This step is essential if you want feedback or would like to be credited in the wrap-up blog post. 
  • If you opted in for feedback in step 3, the guest co-hosts and I will provide some constructive feedback on your viz after the submission period closes.

Top Tips

  • You can use any data set which fits the theme (assuming you have permission to share it publicly).
  • Always remember to credit your data source/s on your viz.
  • Refrain from using any images or logos on your viz unless you have permission to do so.
  • Remember the Iron Viz judging criteria and try to focus on all three; Design, Storytelling and Analysis.
  • Think outside the box!

Meet the Co-Hosts

Since this month is a collaboration, I’ll be teaming up with the #SportsVizSunday leaders this month; Simon Beaumont, Kate Brown & Spencer Baucke.

Simon Beaumont


Tableau Public

Simon is Director for JLL’s Business Intelligence Centre of Excellence and he supports a team of analysts to translate complex data into meaningful business insights for operational and senior leaders. He is passionate in his belief that a Centre of Excellence must be more than just technical excellence, it should be underpinned by a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and collaboration; beliefs that were all founded on his regular interactions with the Tableau Community. In his spare time, Simon’s passion is sports; in 2018 he combined his love of data and sports to help co-found #SportsVizSunday, a community data visualisation initiative to help showcase the amazing sporting visualisations created across the Tableau Community and to help connect like-minded individuals.

Kate Brown


Tableau Public

Kate Brown is a Business Support & Analytics Manager at Comcast. Kate lives in the Boston Massachusetts area with her husband Mike and dog Cheti. She’s been in the data space 15+ years and uses SQL (multiple flavors), Tableau Desktop, and Tableau Prep daily. She loves data prep and simple designs. Kate joined the Tableau Twitter community in late 2016 with #MakeoverMonday and credits that project with accelerating her skills. She’s also participated in #IronQuest, #DiversityInData, #SportsVizSunday, #WorkoutWednesday and her #1A (tied with SVS) community project #PreppinData. Kate helped run the Boston Tableau User Group in 2020 and moved over to help run #SportsVizSunday in late 2020. Helping run the community project has been an amazing experience for her, she loves connecting with data & sports fans from across the globe and learning from them. She loves to see new people contribute and watch their progress. She loves being wowed by contributions from people like CJ Mayes, Bo McCready, Simon Rowe, Alex Varlamov, and Ryan Soares. Kate is also thankful for the friendship with the SVS team, Simon Beaumont, Spencer Baucke, and Chris Westlake. Kate is passionate about making sure that data viz social media is a welcoming place for new people. No one is born a Tableau or social media genius; we all start somewhere, and it is important to remember that.

Spencer Baucke


Tableau Public

Spencer was raised in Loveland, OH and has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Spencer works as an Analytics Consultant at Tessellation Consulting. His previous work experience includes several years in banking, a stint at the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Performance and Analytics, and time with both GE Capital and GE Digital.

In addition to his day job, he has worked closely with education non-profit StriveTogether in a consulting role, including the honor of speaking at the University of Cincinnati’s Analytics for Social Good Day in 2017. Spencer is a co-founder of the Tableau initiative #SportsVizSunday, which helps connect sports fans across the data analytics and data viz communities through Twitter.

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submissions is midnight PST on Sunday, 10th October 2021. Please use the submissions form below to submit your entry.

Feedback will be provided (to those who request it) via a conversation recorded and posted to YouTube between the #SportsVizSunday leaders and I, shortly after the deadline date. On the submissions form you can specify if you require feedback focused on the Iron Viz scoring criteria (design, storytelling and analysis) or more general data viz feedback.

Please note, if we receive a large number of feedback requests (more than we can cover in two hours), we’ll initially prioritise those from Tableau beginners or those entering #IronQuest for the first time. Any remaining feedback will be shared with the authors directly via email.

Continue the conversation and connect with other participants by following the #IronQuest hashtag on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing your entry!

Cover photo: Medicine Hat Cubs

Submissions Form