Sam Wade is soon representing his province on almost the opposite side of the country.
Wade, a 16-year-old from Wallace, will be playing basketball with Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Summer Games, held July 27 to Aug. 5 in Winnipeg.
“I’ve been playing since Grade 3,” said Wade, a smile constantly on his face. “I just love it. I feel like I’m right there. It’s home.”
Standing at 6’6”, Wade plays the sport daily, and currently practices for six hours every weekend in Halifax for the team.
“My mother always said we should use our talents to serve God, and I think that too. I love the sport. I always play it.”
The Grade 11 student at Pugwash District High School has played for the school team previously, as well as with Basketball Nova Scotia over the summer.
“For sure this team was a goal for me. The coach is the same as the one I had last year, so it’s great.”
It doesn’t matter which position Wade is playing, he just wants to play. Usually he’s small forward, power forward or centre.
“I love point guard – that’s what I played the most. For me, I’m more to help other players than scoring myself.”
But, he said that changed when he shot up in his height and had to change positions.
“I’m still passing when I should be shooting – that’s something to work on,” he laughed.
While not on the floor practicing with his teammates, you can usually find Wade on the court with his friends, playing other sports such as soccer, or spending time with his family.
Following his graduation from high school, Wade has aspirations of making a university team somewhere in Canada.
“Just any AUS or CIS team,” he said.
Alongside his weekend practices with his teammates, Wade will work on his game on his own time in preparation for the summer games.
“Physically, it will be working on my game a lot. Mentally, the more you practice the more confidence you’ll be that you’ll succeed.”
ABOUT SAM WADE:
Family: mother Helen Blaikie, father Alden Blaikie, and two sisters – Katherine, 23, and Hannah, 21
Pets: one dog, Phoebe, a labrador retriever-border collie mix
Favourite basketball team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Favourite basketball player: Gordon Hayward, with the Utah Jazz