From Regina To Toronto To Antigonish; Aveyard’s Journey To St FX
Published by Michael Henry on June 12, 2013
On June 10, 2013, Milan Aveyard (5’8”, G, Advantage Titans, 2013) signed with St Francis Xavier of the AUS to join the X-Women this coming Fall.
“I am really excited and it is like a big weight being lifted off my shoulders,” said an obviously ecstatic Aveyard.
“My visit to Antigonish was really good I had quite a bit of time to discover and explore,” she said of her visit to the Nova Scotian University in late May, which helped sway her decision. “The campus is so beautiful, I have seen quite a few University Campuses and it is definitely one of the nicest, there wasn’t many students there when I visited but the ones I met where really nice, and welcoming.”
Aveyard made a rare decision after her 2011-2012 high school year. She made a move that saw her relocate from Regina, Saskatchewan to Toronto, Ontario, in order to pursue her basketball dreams. By leaving Regina Christian where she led the Grizzlies to their first ever 2A Provincial Title back in 2011 and helping them earn the 3A title in 2012, and making her way to the urban setting of Vaughan Road Academy thousands of miles away from the life that she was used to, she was hoping to see improvement in the game she loved and was glad that the move added merit to her career.
“This has been one of the hardest years of my life and signing was just what I needed to confirm it is all worth it.”
With the Grizzlies, she was quite accomplished. Not only did she average 18 points per game and 6 steals, but she was also quite the accomplished track athlete as well, where she was perennially on or near the podium at Provincial meets.
But, basketball was where her heart lied. And because of that, she just had to put her skills to the test in an environment that viewed the game much differently than where she was from.
“In Saskatchewan I would say basketball is definitely a sport that is popular but I’d say in Ontario it’s bigger. Way more people play it and the talent here is crazy. Girls’ basketball is also a lot bigger here,” said Aveyard.
“I’ve noticed that the style of play is way more up-tempo here…it’s a lot faster,” she went on to say about the difference in styles of play. “The year I’ve spent out here as improved my fundamentals a lot.”
Her year of change will certainly prepare her for the leap to the CIS game. It will be a leap that will need to rely on her athleticism that has turned so many heads in the past.
“I’m athletic and fast,” she said in describing her game. And when describing what was likely to have sold X-Women Head Coach, Augy Jones on her skills, she went on to say, “Coach Augy told me he is very enthusiastic about my athleticism and is excited to utilize it.”
Aveyard will view her time at St FX as positive, by making the most of her chance to get a great education, while looking to Major in Human Kinetics .
And of course, winning a CIS National Championship would be nice as well. It would put a fitting exclamation point on the thousands of miles of sacrifices she has had to make.