NAIG 2017 Profiles: Triston Tinker
- EFN Staff | June 12, 2017
Fifteen-year-old lacrosse player Triston Tinker will be competing in his first North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in July.
The Saskatonian has been playing lacrosse for six years, a passion that began after playing in school with a few of his friends. Tinker represented his province in a national lacrosse tournament in Vancouver four years ago but he’s even more pumped to represent Team Saskatchewan at this year’s NAIG.
“I’m pretty excited to go to NAIG. There will be some good competition there,” he said. “I’m hoping there’s some scouts there to watch.”
Tinker practices lacrosse once a week and plays for three other lacrosse teams when he’s not training for NAIG. His biggest role model is Reagan Harding who was drafted in 2015 by the Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse team.
Tinker is indecisive on what he wants to do after high school but has hopes of earning a scholarship in lacrosse.
“It’s hard because I play box lacrosse and there’s not many options. As for field lacrosse, there’s more options [so I] see myself playing little bit more field,” he said. “Playing for team Saskatchewan is kind of hard because we don’t have the population like Ontario does and so when we play them sometimes we take a hard loss.”
Even through a hard loss, Tinker encourages youth to get involved in the sport, keep practicing and most importantly – have fun playing.
“Just do it because it’s good chance to represent and it will be a fun time to make new friends.”