Martial arts coming to Brier Island for first time
Westport, NS – On July 17, Brier Island will experience something it’s never experienced before: martial arts.
They might only be 14 years old, but two Shelburne youth were competing alongside and against the best basketball players in their league this spring and summer.
Jamie Fehr and Mackenzie Smith are wrapping up their seasons with Basketball Nova Scotia.
This was Fehr's first time playing for the developmental Under-14 provincial team.
He tried out for the team back in December and didn’t know if he would make it.
“I was a bit nervous,” he said.
He’s been playing the court against other provincial teams and is wrapping up his last game at a Massachusetts tournament.
“It was fun,” said Fehr.
He said the developmental team did exactly what it was supposed to: Fehr has developed and strengthened his skills as a player.
Smith, meanwhile, started playing for the national U-15 when she was only 13.
“It was scary at first,” she said.
Now into her second year, she's the one to put the fear in her competitors.
For Smith, the competition is the best part of playing for the team.
“We take it to 'em,” when she faces off a player who might be intimidating on the court.
If the team plays faster, MacKenzie and her peers work on controlling the court by bringing their opponents to their style of play.
“You have to play your game,” she said, and if another player is good, she has to be better.
“I don’t know where is comes from, but it’s there,” said Smith.
The two young people have been breathing, sleeping and eating basketball since the season began. When they aren’t playing, they are practicing.
But that is just the way they like it.