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SOLEMN CEREMONY – Jordan Shaw speaks at the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony for his late brother Jamie Shaw at F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse May 16.

Jamie Shaw inducted into Yukon Sports Hall of Fame

Jamie Shaw was officially inducted into the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame on May 16.

By Morris Prokop on May 26, 2023

Jamie Shaw was officially inducted into the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame on May 16.

Due to his popularity, the ceremony was held at F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse, as opposed to the Sport Yukon office where the Hall of Fame ceremonies usually take place.

Shaw was a dedicated coach and teacher, as well as serving as the athletic director at F.H. Collins Secondary School from 2007 to 2016, when he became the school’s vice-principal.

He coached a number of teams across a variety of sports, including basketball, hockey, and athletics, and coached for Team Yukon in numerous national and international competitions, including the Canada Games, Arctic Winter Games, Western Canada Games, and more.

In 2018, at the young age of 43, Shaw passed away following a decade-long battle with cancer.

The Jamie Shaw Basketball Tournament is held annually in Whitehorse in his honour.

A large crowd showed up for the induction ceremony.

Shaw’s brother Jordan Shaw did a fairly brief but emotional speech about the life of his brother, including some funny childhood anecdotes about Jamie growing up.

The Star spoke with Jordan after the ceremony.

“It’s really nice to see all these friendly faces, people who meant a lot to Jamie, show up to honour him tonight. When you get over the tears, it’s great. Happy to be part of such a great community.”

When asked what it means to see Jamie honoured this way, Jordan replied, “It means the world to me. I’ve always known my brother to be an amazing person and it’s great that other people are recognizing that as well.”

Jordan added, “If you get a chance, donate to the Jamie Shaw Memorial Fund. We’ve got a lot of people who need help. It’s a great way to do it.”

The fund’s mission statement says “the Jamie Shaw Memorial Fund is charged with providing financial support for access to training and development for athletes and coaches in the Yukon.”

According to Jamie Shaw Basketball Tournament organizer Andrew Jansen, the fund helps underprivileged youth in the territory that are limited by money or opportunities have a chance to be successful and achieve things they might not be able to otherwise.

It’s mandate is to assist with the financial cost of athletes and coaches development, and provide direct financial assistance for athletes to attend competitions.

“Sometimes in life things go wrong,” Jamie Shaw said. “It’s how you deal with it. Sports give us the avenue to learn how to deal with it.”

Those wishing to donate can go to Facebook and search for Jamie Shaw Memorial Fund, where a link to donate can be found.

Those wishing to apply for funding or learn more can go to https://www.jamieshawmemorialfund.com

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