Local athletes preparing for Canada Games in Quebec
By John DeCoste
Brett Dickie has been to national and Eastern Canadian tournaments in the past, but the Canada Games “is something else again.”
The Wolfville resident, who will enter Grade 12 at Horton this fall, is a member of the Nova Scotia boys’ basketball team that will compete in the first week of the Canada Summer Games, which get underway Aug. 2 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Dickie is one of three Horton students who will play basketball at the Games – Gage Sabean and Lauren Jodrey are the others – and one of 34 athletes from Newport, Hants County to Middleton who will represent Nova Scotia at the competition.
“It should be a great experience,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Dickie explained there were “three to five tryouts held over the past year” from which the basketball teams were selected. The road to the Games was similar for athletes in most other sports as well.
“It was a lot of hard work and commitment,” he said. “It’s nice to see everything paid off.”
Technically, Dickie is part of the Nova Scotia 17-and-under boys’ provincial team, which this year is doubling as the Canada Games team.
He previously played on the provincial U-15 team in New Brunswick.
“I’ve been to nationals, and to two Eastern Canadians, but from all I’m hearing about the Canada Games, it should be something pretty special,” he said.
The team is going to play with medals on their mind.
“Our goal is to win a medal. We feel we have a pretty good team, and work well together,” he said.
“We’ll need to stay focused, but at the same time, there has to be time to enjoy ourselves, too. This is likely the only time I’ll get to experience something like this.”
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Dickie also feels privileged to have a Horton teammate on the team with him, and a third Horton student on the girls’ team. Jodrey, like Dickie, is going into Grade 12.
Sabean, on the other hand, made the boys’ team in Grade 9.
“He ‘s a special player,” Dickie said of his teammate, “and he’s honestly that good.”
Leading up to the Games, the boys’ basketball team attended tournaments in Saskatoon and more recently in Minnesota, as well as in New Brunswick, in addition to training in Halifax. Dickie has also been working out on his own in Wolfville.
“We’ve travelled a lot,” he said. “It’s been good experience, good competition and great for team bonding.”
In particular, the trip to Saskatoon was special as his family’s roots are there.
“My Dad went with me, he got to see a lot of friends, and I got to see family, some of whom (including his paternal grandparents) I hadn’t seen in a long time.”
With boys’ basketball being played in the first week of the Games, Dickie and his teammates will be leaving for Sherbrooke in the next few days. They will practice Friday and Saturday, with their first game scheduled on Aug. 4.
Follow www.kingscountynews.ca for updates on how local athletes are doing at the Canada Games and see continuing coverage on the lead up to the Games in the Aug. 1 edition of The Register.