Over the summer, I had the opportunity of playing basketball for Canada on the Junior Mens Nationals Team. I had previously tried out for the team in June and was the last cut for the 12-man roster. However, I found out two days before the training camp started in July that one of the players wouldn’t be able to make so I would replace him on the roster. We had a very short training camp in Toronto for 3 days. After that we left on a long journey to Chili which involved 14 hours in the air and an equal amount of layover time. Once we got the Chili for the FIBA Americas which involved 8 teams for North, Central and South America. We won our pool after defeating Argentina, Brazil and the Dominican Republic all quite handily. We then won a tough match against Puerto Rico to advance to the finals against USA and have a chance to contend for a Gold Medal. After injuries to two of key players, the US pulled away in the final minutes of the game. The experience of getting to see the world and develop friendships with some of the most talented players Canada has to offer. This was truly and unforgettable experience to be able to represent my country while playing the game I love.