Paige Massier has been named the Tim Horton’s Athlete of the Month for March.
Paige is a 13-year-old student at Glenmary, and also a member of the Glenmary Saints Junior A Basketball Team. Born and raised in Peace River, Paige now captains the school’s Junior A team as well as leads the team on offence, putting up over 25 points a game for the Saints.
Paige’s first experience with Basketball came when she was young and would watch her brothers play, before picking up the rock for herself by the third grade. Paige attributes her brothers to helping her learn the game by the time she was in grade six, taking part in intramurals at the school gym, before she would join her first team a year later.
Paige would make the Junior A Basketball Team as a grade seven (typically for Gr. 8’s), and from there she’s continued to have success. Paige is the starting point guard for the Saints, where she considers herself more of a play-making guard despite possessing a shot that won her a 3-point shooting contest at a recent tournament in High Level.
In the tournament itself, Paige would fight through several double-coverage situations and still thrive, leading her team to a Gold Medal and earning tournament MVP honours.
When speaking with Paige’s coach of two years, he noted that Paige’s intensity and commitment to improving are her greatest assets. When it comes to improving as a player, Paige says she always keeps an open mind when receiving critiques from her coaches, and notes any mistakes she makes on the court are things that she’s able to learn from, and put behind her.
Paige’s passion for Basketball is driven by her desire to be active, while she also attributes the social aspects of the game as one of the main reason she plays. Last summer Paige was chosen to represent the region in the Summer Games in Grande Prairie, where she says one of her biggest highlights was the people she was able to meet, and friends she was able to make.
Paige is a multi-sport athlete, and is noted as being a dominant competitor in not just Basketball, but also Volleyball, Horseback riding and Badminton. When it comes to the balance of academics and athletics, Paige always remembers that she’s a student-athlete, with academics always coming first.
Paige says she plans on continuing her Basketball career for as long as she can, with her current plan being to one day play university basketball. Congratulations, Paige!
–Alex Rodgerson, Trending 55