WE THE (REAL) NORTH.
By Ashwin Freyne.
Video by Agnieszka Pajor and Paige Hopkins.
When you think of the north, sports like hockey and curling may be the first that come to mind, but to anyone that lives in the Yukon it is pretty clear that basketball is serious business.
When it comes to ball, Trevor Jones of the Champagne Aishihik First Nation does not mess around.
Jone’s has lived in Haines Junction his whole life and it is here, on a graffiti covered basketball court that he got his start in the game. “Just messing around” as Jone’s puts it, is how he got his start in the sport, but it quickly grew into a passion. It is the flashy and energetic nature of the game, and the fact that one player can draw out the strengths of an entire team that most endear him to the sport.
To continue developing his game Jone’s has attended basketball camps in British Columbia and Alberta, often as one of the stronger players in the groups. Nearing the end of high school, Jones was met with a daunting decision. While he had the option to attend a smaller school and guarantee more time playing basketball, ultimately he has decided to attend the University of British Columbia to study kinesiology and hopefully continue playing the sport at a high level.
Regardless it is clear that what he has taken from the game will serve him well down south. “You can always get better” says Jones “you just have to put in the work”.