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Vernon junior lacrosse sniper selected for Team Canada

Aidan Wattie of the Vernon Tigers will wear the Maple Leaf a second time at international event in NY
Vernon’s Adian Wattie tries to score from behind the goal against Nick Sheedy and the Adelaide Thunder during the 2023 Commonwealth Cup box lacrosse tournament in April in Melbourne, Austrialia. Wattie will again wear the Maple Leaf, playing for Team Canada at the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse World U18 Challenge, starting Monday, Aug. 21, in Utica, NY.(Contributed)

Box. Field. It doesn’t matter.

As long as Aidan Wattie has a lacrosse stick in his hand, the Vernon runner will have fun.

For example, Wattie called a reporter before heading to Vancouver to practice with Team B.C.’s field lacrosse squad to chat about playing for Canada again at the International Indoor (Box) Junior Lacrosse World U18 Championships, starting Monday, Aug. 21, in Utica, NY.

“Team Canada is made up of players born in 2006 and 2007. We’ll have a couple of practices together in New York,” said Wattie, 17, who helped the Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers reach the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League championship series before falling to the Kamloops Venom.

“Once the tournament starts, we play five games in four days, then the semifinals. I’m pretty excited. I’ve never been to New York before.”

Wattie had never been to Australia, either, but he was front and centre for Team Canada’s Development Team at IIJL Commonwealth Cup tournament in April in Melbourne. Wattie scored four goals for Canada in the gold-medal contest, a 10-4 win over host Australia.

“It’s a pretty great honour to represent Canada, and I’m lucky to do it twice in one year,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

Joining Team Canada in Utica for the World U18 Challenge are the host United States, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Lacrosse), Poland, Israel and Ireland. Canada will play Poland Monday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. Pacific. Their result against the Poles will determine their second opponent Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The gold-medal match is slated for Thursday, Aug. 24.

Wattie finished fourth in Tigers’ regular-season scoring, popping in 12 goals and adding 19 assists for 31 points in 10 games played. He added 5-7-12 in five playoff contests.

Since the Tigers’ season ended, Wattie has spent the summer working at Shepherd’s Home Hardware in Armstrong and staying in game shape for the World U18 Challenge.

“I’ve been busy keeping my stick in my hands every day,” he said. “And I’ve been doing some running.”

Upon his return, Wattie will pack his bags for a move to the Victoria suburb of Colwood, to complete his Grade 12 year at Royal Bay Secondary, home to the Royal Bay Lacrosse Academy. He’ll play field lacrosse for the school, and club programs for box lacrosse, his favourite.

The move is to help him land a lacrosse scholarship south of the border.

“Box is a lot faster pace and more rough, but I’m looking for a scholarship in field,” said Wattie.

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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