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Headingley brothers Samuel and Tyson Jensen — who both recently made their respective Manitoba provincial basketball teams — have just returned from the prestigious NCAA Adidas Invitational tournament held in Indiana from July 12 to 14.
Older brother Tyson, 16, who is playing Team Manitoba’s U17 squad explained:
"This is a big tournament with 75 teams competing. It was almost surreal (walking out onto the court in the huge venue)."
Samuel, 14, who plays for the U15 team said the experience "was really cool. It wasn’t too stressful though because we did compete last year in Iowa at a large tournament. This was bigger and was a great learning experience".
As any parent knows, it can take a lot of time to help your children reach their goals.
In the case of the Jensens, both boys have basketball practice six days per week, for two to three hours at a time. Practices take place at either the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre downtown or at the University of Manitoba. In addition to the time commitment, the two young athletes consume an awful lot of food.
"There are always pre-game and post game meals needed," says mom Tanya Jensen. "They’ll eat anything! Both started playing basketball around age six. They have a really strong work ethic when it comes to basketball."
As Tanya choked up, dad Travis Jensen added that he and his wife "are really proud of both of them".
Samuel recently travelled to Regina to compete in the 15U boys’ national championship.
Tyson, meanwhile, will be playing for Team Manitoba in the upcoming Canada Summer Games which starts July 29.
It’s going to be a crazy busy schedule in the Jensen household as Tanya and Travis follow their sons’ progress in two separate and important competitions.
More information about Team Manitoba’s U15 and U17 teams nd the players can be found at http://www.basketballmanitoba.ca/2017/07/manitoba-male-provincial-teams-off-to.html
Headingley wishes both Samuel and Tyson continued success.
Go Team Manitoba!
Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can contact her at email@example.com
Headingley community correspondent
Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley.
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